Eurovision winner arrives home to Portugal

Portugal's Salvador Sobral performs with the song

Portugal's Salvador Sobral performs with the song"Amar Pelos Dois during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final Dress rehearsal 1

Sobral was a virtual unknown before his triumph in Kiev, but around 2,000 jubilant fans turned up to cheer his arrival at Lisbon airport on Sunday.

Last night's Eurovision final in Kiev saw Portugal emerge victorious with their entry "Amar Pelos Dois" by Salvador Sabral, which racked up an impressive 758 points.

It's the first time Portugal have won the contest in 53 years of trying.

Kristian Kostov from Bulgaria, center, reacts during the voting stage of the the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

A visibly exhausted Sobral said when interviewed upon landing by Portuguese TV that "I'm not a hero".

It's only been a matter of days since Portugal was crowned the victor of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, their first and only victory since their debut in 1964.

"I don't know about national hero", he said later, adding: "I think the real hero is [Portuguese footballer Cristiano] Ronaldo. If I can help to bring some change to music, I will be really joyful".

A gentle romantic ballad challenged the Eurovision Song Contest's decades-long reputation for cheesy, glittery, unbridled excess - and won easily.

Unlike the other 25 contestants who performed on a wide stage backed by flashing lights, bursts of flames and other effects, Sobral sang from a small elevated circle in the middle of the crowd, an intimate contrast to the bombast.

Originally built in 1998 for the Lisbon World Exposition, the MEO Arena has played as a host venue to a number of big events over the years to follow including numerous sporting events such as football and wrestling, as well as hosting the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2005.

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