The Real Madrid striker had to abandon one of the most important matches of his career after just 25 minutes and his mother did not hesitate in sharing her angst, reported the Marca.
“I can’t see my son like that,” she said shortly after the incident. “This sport is about kicking a football, not about kicking the opponent.”
Portugal’s captain was carried off the Stade de France pitch halfway through the first half, visibly hurt and in tears.
Ronaldo was treated by the Portuguese doctors right after he suffered the tackle from Payet.
However, the 31-year-old’s attempt to return to the pitch did not last long because he was unable to run at an acceptable level to help his teammates, prompting coach Fernando Santos to introduce veteran winger Ricardo Quaresma in his stead.