Renato, Eliseu and the rest of the Portugal squad arrived in Lisbon to a rapturous reception on Monday, after winning Euro 2016. They weren't the only Benfica players in international action this summer, although Lindelöf, Jonas, Raúl and Gaitán were decidedly less successful.
Victor Lindelöf added to his ever-growing reputation by completing all 270 minutes for Sweden at Euro 2016. The 21-year old demonstrated his versatility by playing as a centre-back against Ireland, before switching to right-back for the games with Italy and Belgium. As ever, the Swedes were determined and resilient, but lacked the quality to overcome their higher-ranked opponents. They finished bottom of Group C with just a single point from their three games.
Brazil crashed out of the Copa América at the group stage, following a 0-0 draw with Ecuador, a 7-1 thrashing of Haiti and a 1-0 loss to Peru. Despite his incredible goalscoring exploits for Benfica, Jonas didn't enjoy the full backing of head coach Dunga in the USA, playing just 62 minutes against Ecuador and 45 minutes against Haiti. The 32-year old set up Philippe Coutinho's second goal in the rout of Haiti, but was dropped for the defeat to Peru, a result which cost Dunga his job.
Raúl Jiménez and Mexico got one stage further than Brazil, but probably wish that they hadn't! Drawn to face Chile in the quarter-finals, Mexico suffered a humiliating 7-0 defeat, shipping five goals in the second half. Raúl entered the fray at half time, but was unable to alter the outcome of the match.
Things went a lot better for the 25-year old in Mexico's opening group game against Uruguay, as he came off the bench to grab two assists in a destructive 7-minute cameo, helping his side to a 3-1 victory. Raúl then played the entire 90 minutes of the 2-0 win over Jamaica in an unfamiliar right-wing position, before being rested for the 1-1 draw with Venezuela.
Nico Gaitán suffered heartbreak at the Copa América as Argentina reached the Final, only to lose on penalties to Mexico's tormentors Chile. It was Argentina's fourth defeat in a major final in 9 years, following the 2014 World Cup Final defeat to Germany, and the failures in the Copa América Finals of 2007 and 2015. The events in the USA prompted the international retirement of Lionel Messi and the resignation of head coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino.
Gaitán played his part in his country's run to the Final, starting the group games against Chile and Panama, which Argentina won 2-1 and 5-0, respectively. The 28-year old was rested for the 3-0 victory over Bolivia, before returning for the quarter-final against Venezuela, setting up Messi for Argentina's third goal in the 4-1 triumph. A yellow card suspension ruled him out of the semi-final with the USA, and he was an unused substitute five days later in the Final.