First it was Ronaldo encouraging team-mate Joao Moutinho to take a penalty and telling him that the outcome is “in God’s hands”. Now we have Ronaldo and the Portugal head coach Fernando Santos thanking the Creator.
Ronaldo, who was stretchered off injured after just 25 minutes of the Euro 2016 final against France, told journalists after the game that he “asked God for another chance”, a reference to previous failed attempts to win a major title with Portugal.
His boss Santos was no less enthusiastic about God’s part in Portugal’s success, stating that “I’m very happy, of course. First of all I would like to thank God for being with us, my wife, my mother, my grandson, my father - wherever he is, he is probably having a few beers.”
This type of witness should never be underestimated. God should always be on our minds, day in, day out, no matter what we are doing. Whether we are in Church, sitting at our work desk, or even on a football pitch, He must always be first. While I wouldn’t pretend to know the depth of faith of these two men, one thing is clear: they both have God at the forefront of their minds and they aren’t ashamed to admit it.