The 37-year-old Portuguese legend wants to make the most of the time he has left by winning more major awards.
Cristiano Ronaldo has conceded that he does not “have many years left,” but the Manchester United superstar is still as determined as ever to win trophies and expects to play until he is in his 40s.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is now 37 years old and, having played for Sporting, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Manchester United, he is well aware that time is running out.
Although he has maintained exceptional physical standards, the renowned Portuguese forward says that the time has come to hang up his boots.
What’s been said so far?
“It’s hard to say that I don’t want more,” Ronaldo told DAZN after returning to Old Trafford for a second spell in the Premier League in the summer of 2021. “If I’m at a club that gives me the opportunity to win more things, why not, and in the national team as well.”
“I know I just have four or five years left to play,” he says.We’ll see what happens, and I’d like to win more awards.”
Ronaldo already has an incredible collection of medals, but he is keen to pass on his considerable expertise to those around him for club and country.
“You have to be intelligent and understand that you are not the same at 18, 20, or 25 as you are at 35,” he continued. That is the age, experience, and intellect to see that you may lose some things in order to win others, and to maintain the proper balance in order to compete and perform at the best level.
“That’s not easy, but it appears that way to me because the stats speak for themselves year after year.”
“I don’t have to tell you that I’m very good, because the numbers are there. The facts are facts, the rest is not. It doesn’t matter at all.
“That’s why I’m very happy with my form, I’m still scoring goals, helping people, teams, both in the national team and at Manchester United and that’s why I want to continue like this.”