Ronaldo, after a slow start, produced the individual performance of the group phase with two goals - he could have had five - when Portugal beat the Netherlands 2-1 on Sunday.
Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko was virtually anointed as a national saint for his double against Sweden in their opening 2-1 comeback win in front of a frenzied Kiev crowd.
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, a prolific scorer for his German club VfL Wolfsburg, announced himself to a wider audience with three goals before Croatia's unlucky elimination from a group including Italy and world champions Spain.
But proving that footballers can also be at once brilliant and barmy, Nicklas Bendtner scored twice for Denmark in a 3-2 defeat by Portugal, then got a 100,000 euro ($126,800) fine and a one-match ban for revealing the name of a bookmakers on his underpants.
Plenty of other players have done their careers a world of good at the tournament which has highlighted their talent.
Image: Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, and Bruno Alves celebrate their second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group B match between Portugal and the Netherlands in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, June 17, 2012.