He could not find the net in Sunday's final, though, as hosts France went down to a shock 1-0 defeat against Portugal thanks to substitute Eder's extra-time victor.
After both sides failed to score goals in the regulation time, substitute Eder struck the match-winning goal for Portugal to ensure his side finish their Euro 2016 campaign on a winning note at Stade de France in Paris on Monday.
"It was tough because we lost our main man", the Real Madrid defender said.
"I'm really really happy to be part of this group and be champion".
In Ronaldo's absence it was the Lille forward Eder who emerged as the unlikely hero.
UEFA team of the tournament: Rui Patricio (POR); Joshua Kimmich (GER), Jerome Boateng (GER), Pepe (POR), Raphael Guerreiro (POR); Toni Kroos (GER), Joe Allen (WAL), Aaron Ramsey (WAL); Antoine Griezmann (FRA), Dimitri Payet (FRA); Cristiano Ronaldo (POR).
"I felt it would be him who would resolve the game in extra-time".
"The main feeling is a bad disappointment", he said. I don't think we played with the brakes on by any means. But we now know the impact Ronaldo had on his teammates before he appeared publicly. But some critics said that the rivalry between the two football superstars has come to an end after the 2016 European Championship, with Ronaldo edging ahead of Messi.
But he described France's luck as "cruel" and added "one can always argue about the way they play, but they are efficient and you must congratulate them".
He is now one up over his eternal Argentine rival, Lionel Messi, who retired from worldwide football after losing the Copa America final recently.