Portugal won the Euro 2016 final against hosts France for the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, said defender Pepe.
Captain Ronaldo left the Stade de France pitch in tears after 25 minutes following Dimitri Payet's tackle.
But Portugal won their first major tournament thanks to substitute Eder's 25-yard strike in extra time.
"It was tough to lose our main man, the man who could at any moment score a goal," said Pepe. "We said we would win it for him and we managed to do that."
Pepe, who plays alongside Ronaldo for Real Madrid, added his team had performed like "warriors on the pitch".
"There was a lot of suffering, it was a very intense game," he said.
Although Portugal had never won a major tournament before, this was their fourth European Championship semi-final or final in the past five tournaments - reaching the quarter-finals the other time.
They lost their only previous final - as Euro 2004 hosts...
Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins the Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward for Seattle Sounders FC and the Nigeria national team makes peace with Wizkid and Dammy Krane.
The Wizkid and Dammy Krane drama has involved quite a number of people in a bid to make peace reign between the two artists; from Shina Peller to 2Babaand now Obafemi Martins.
The football star was the host of the party on Thursday night at Quilox when things got rather complicated.
To show solidarity and that the Wizkid and Dammy Krane have really settled things he posted this photo of the three of them on Instagram and captioned “It all started at my party on Thursday at Quilox and settled here at my house @wizkidayo and@big_daddy_krane are cool”.