West Ham could be the big winners from Euro 2016 final

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is challenged by France's Patrice Evra and Dimitri Payet

Real Madrid were linked with wanting to sign Dimitri Payet from West Ham... but will they now?

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is challenged by France's Patrice Evra and Dimitri PayetPortugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is challenged by France's Patrice Evra and Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet's early heroics at Euro 2016 had West Ham fans on edge, worried that their superstar midfielder could become a target for one of Europe's elite clubs.

Indeed it did not take long for Spanish giants Real Madrid to be linked with bringing him on board as one of their Galacticos.

The 11 times European champions invariably get who they want, and especially after major tournaments, see Brazil's Ronaldo in 2002, and James Colombia's James Rodriguez in 2014. If any club could force West Ham's hand, it would be them.

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The Telegraph reported last month that Real were keen on signing Payet and were closely monitoring him, but the events of the final in Paris last night certainly worked in West Ham's favour.

Not only was Payet substituted early in the second half without scoring and raising his transfer value - his tackle on Portugal's Ronaldo may have wiped out any chance of Real getting involved.

Payet's challenge early in the first half ended Ronaldo's game, resulting in a knee injury. 

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is challenged by France's Dimitri Payet and Patrice EvraPortugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is challenged by France's Dimitri Payet and Patrice Evra

While just an accident, it was nonetheless a chastening experience for Ronaldo, ruining his final, one which may not come again on an international stage.

Will Ronaldo, an influential if not domineering figure in Real's dressing room, want to be reminded of this on a daily basis if he saw Payet rock up as a teammate later this summer?

It's hard to see it happening, and for West Ham supporters, and fans of the Premier League they should rejoice, it's more than likely Payet will be appearing at the Olympic Stadium in August and not the Bernabeu.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet, Mark Noble and Andy Carroll celebrate at the end of the matchWest Ham's Dimitri Payet, Mark Noble and Andy Carroll celebrate at the end of the match

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