Cristiano Ronaldo has been the leading light of the Portuguese national side ever since his first taste of competitive international football at Euro 2004.
The Real Madrid star has been the standout performer for his country since then and has single-handedly inspired them to victories on many occasions, such as his hattrick in the 4-2 win over Northern Ireland in 2013.
His 56 goals in 125 caps make him the Seleccao’s all-time record goalscorer, but he is yet to pick up any international silverware.
Indeed, despite having the three-time Ballon d’Or winner in their midst, Portugal have struggled in competitive football and are priced at 25/1 to win Euro 2016.
Since making the final on home soil in 2004 and finishing fourth in the World Cup two years later, their best performance was reaching the semi-final of the last Euros.
They’ve not made it past the round of 16 in the last two World Cups, being knocked out at the group stage in Brazil.
Even more troublingly, they’ve had to rely on play-off qualification to make it to their last three competitive tournaments before Euro 2016.
However, the southern-European nation now appears to have turned a corner and can rely on more than just Ronaldo.
Fernando Santos’ men topped their qualification group to make it to France and the 61-year-old manager has a number of quality young players at his disposal to support CR7.
Bernardo Silva, Renato Sanches, William Carvalho, Raphael Guerreiro and Andre Gomes were all in the squad for the Belgium game and are all 23 or under.
These youngsters will be more than familiar to fans in the Premier League having all been linked with moves to some of the biggest teams in the English top-flight.
Having a 31-year-old Ronaldo leading these talented prospects is sure to help them develop and his international nadir will look more like ending with the quality he can now call upon to support him.