Simao: Real Madrid bid for Man Utd's Ronaldo wrecked Portugal's Euros

Atletico Madrid ace Simao says Portugal's Euro2008 campaign was hurt by the constant speculation linking Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo with Real Madrid.

Simao said: "It did hurt Cristiano a little. He was focusing on the championship, but every day there was talk of Madrid. The coach (Luiz Felipe Scolari) tried to keep him calm and we spoke a lot with him.

"But I think it hurt him that things didn't work out the way he wanted. As a squad we tried to help him, because we needed him, but in the end we had no luck against Germany."

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