Cristiano Ronaldo's sister, Katia Aveiro, has compared her brother's injury in the final of the 2016 European Championship, to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The Portugal captain lasted only 25 minutes against France on Sunday, following a collision with Dimitri Payet.
However, his team-mates fought on without him, to defeat the hosts 1-0 and win their first major international trophy.
Writing on Instagram, Katia said: "These tears I cried for my wounded brother were like daggers to the heart, and we all cried with him for the awful pain we had together.
"But God is great and just as our saviour Jesus Christ suffered on the cross for a better world for us, Cristiano cried in the pain of not being able to help his teammates and his beloved people.
"God is just and they deservedly lifted the trophy, and fulfilled the dream; we are champions."