The 29-year-old delighted the new Portugal boss by heading home a late header in the dramatic victory over Denmark on Tuesday
The Seleccao appeared to be heading for a draw in Copenhagen when the 29-year-old headed home in the final minute of added time to give his side a much-needed victory.
“Cristiano is Cristiano. He is a winner, and there are no adjectives to describe him,” the former Greece boss told reporters.
“We knew that Denmark were very strong. I think they saw the match against France and changed from their normal tactics, from a 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 trying to control the match.
“Thank God, we managed to win and I hope it’s the first of many victories. I believe we definitely deserved it – we were very good in the first half and hit the post.
“The team were always seeking victory, then Cristiano took a cross from [Ricardo] Quaresma. He had other chances, but the ball wouldn’t go in.”
Portugal currently sit third in Group I of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, behind the Danes and surprise leaders Albania.