"They showed what we are: obviously, we are fado, we are cod, we are caldo verde, we are Portuguese stew, we are the vira and the corridinho. We are all of this, we have a soul. We are Cristiano Ronaldo", said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, on the penultimate day of his official visit to Canada dedicated to Portuguese emigrant communities.
"We are so many champions in so many areas. But Portugal's greatest champions are you, the Portuguese people. Each of you is a champion. Sometimes you don't know it, but you are champions, for what you have done over these 70 years", said the head of state.
According to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, if "the President represents all Portuguese", every Portuguese person abroad "represents the whole country", and anyone who is an emigrant in Canada is "also Canadian, Portuguese-Canadian, but above all Portuguese, and represents Portugal" .
"Portugal is made every day inside and outside – and more often outside than inside", he argued.