The French fans weren't celebrating at the end of tournament and neither was the French government. But France couldn't barge through another well-drilled side when it faced Portugal in Sunday's final.
And the 47-year-old thinks there is more to come from his side, which features plenty of young talent, spearheaded by players such as Player of the Tournament Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba. In 1984 they won the European Championship as hosts and they were overwhelming favourites to repeat the feat on Sunday. "The overriding emotion is a lot of sadness". "It would be utopian to not use Ronaldo and all his added value". It was also eerily similar to the 1998 World Cup final at the same ground, when Brazil were undermined by the original Ronaldo's fitness problems as they lost 3-0 to France. I injured myself in the first few minutes.
The first 24-team continental showpiece required perseverance from fans to stick through many dreary games.
Up against a French team with a whole nation behind them, Portugal healed their own soccer wound from a shock they suffered twelve years ago.
Cazeneuve said that of those arrested during the month-long event, 59 people were convicted to jail time or suspended sentences, 64 people were expelled from the country and 32 were refused entry.
Right back Cedric Soares said "unbelievable" motivational words from Ronaldo at half time had helped spur Portugal to victory. But I've always believed in these players.
When asked who out of France or Portugal he wanted to win in the Euro 2016 final, he still insisted he wanted Wales to win.
China's space station is out of control - and "could crash to Earth in a fireball " One of them even landed on Ronaldo as he sat crying on the pitch while waiting to be stretchered off. France tried to apply the same plan they had used to knock out Germany and Iceland - high precision and speed.
"He knows how to handle things", Jacquet said. "So that's what we did".
It was just Eder's third appearance of the tournament - all of which have been off the bench late in the second-half. Particularly after the playful "celebratory' jostles Ronaldo hits him with in the closing minutes".
The French trudged up to receive their silver medals.
While England fans adopted it to insert striker Jamie Vardy's name, continental fans were happy just to sing about Grigg in broken English - a bemusing experience. And after his teammates had won the match, he was permitted - this is okay because he's the captain - to be the first to raise the trophy.
"My son left the field but our team can win". Ronaldo shuffled to the center and sprawled out in front.