Euro 2016

Ronaldo's 'moth' steals the show

2016-07-11 09:36
Cristiano Ronaldo (Getty Images)

Paris - Social media went into overdrive as one moth decided to land on Cristiano Ronaldo in the Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal.

Hundreds of large black moths flew around the stands of the 80,000-capacity stadium north of Paris as well as by the pitch in temperatures which hovered around 28 degrees Celsius.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was seen swatting away several of the creatures as he warmed up while others swarmed around microphones, the corner flags and goal-posts.

Ronaldo was again in the mix of things as he clashed with Dimitri Payet which inevitably ended his Euro final with a knee injury. A moth decided to land on the Real Madrid stars face and sent social media into a meltdown with countless memes. 

"Unbelievable the pitch is full with moths" tweeted former Netherlands striker Ruud Gullit, attending the final as a television pundit.

The decision to leave the stadium lights on overnight ahead of the game may help explain the bizarre invasion.

Portugal won the final 1-0 in extra-time courtesy of an Eder strike.

The following are images of how social media reacted:

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