Cristiano Ronaldo is determined ‘to win more things’ before hanging up his boots and insists he has ‘four or five more’ years left in him before retiring from football amid uncertainty over the 37-year-old’s future at United
- Cristiano Ronaldo believes he will still playing football professionally into his 40s
- He has no plans to retire while the possibility of winning more trophies is there
- Ronaldo says he has four to five more years left in the tank despite being 37
- The Portugal International has come under fire for his goal return at Man United
- However, he has scored 15 goals in 29 games for Man United in all competitions
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to add more silverware to his collection despite having won multiple trophies at Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.
Ronaldo will go down as one of the all-time greats, having won five Champions League trophies, seven league titles and six domestic cups, as well as five Ballon d’Ors.
However, the 37-year-old superstar says he is looking to ‘win more things’ before eventually hanging up his boots for good in ‘four to five years’ time.
Cristiano Ronaldo is planning to play professional football for at least four more years
When asked about his future, Ronaldo said that he wanted to continue playing football in his 40s and insisted he had no plans to retire while the possibility of more trophies was still there.
Speaking to DAZN, Ronaldo said: ‘It’s hard to say that I don’t want more, because if I’m at a club that gives me the opportunity to win more things, why not?
‘And in the national team too. I know I don’t have many years left playing, four or five more, we’ll see, and I want to win more things.
‘You have to be intelligent and know that at 18, 20 or 25 you are not the same as at 35. And that is the maturity, the experience, the intelligence to understand that maybe you lose some things to win others and have the right balance to continue competing and be at the highest level.’
He said he want’s to ‘wing more’ things before retiring, despite having already claimed five Champions League trophies, seven league titles, six domestic cups and five Ballon d’Ors
However, Ronaldo have come under criticism for his goal return during the current campaign
The Portuguese international has come under fire for his goal return at United – with many questioning if the 37-year-old has lost his touch.
However, Ronaldo – who scored 15 goals in 29 games for United in all competitions – has refused to admit he is past his best.
When asked about the criticism he has received, Ronaldo said: ‘I show year after year that the numbers speak for themselves. 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.’
However, the 37-year-old has scored 15 goals in 29 games for Man United in all competitions
Ronaldo says the secret his success over the years have been the sacrifices he has made
When previously asked about how he had managed to achieve sustained success over two decades, Ronaldo said it was all down to his. ‘sacrifices’.
‘You have to sacrifice as without sacrifice you achieve nothing,’ Ronaldo stated. ‘I started playing at the top level at 18 and I’ve been at the top of the game for 15-16 years.
‘It’s my dedication, my passion, my ambition to be working hard all the time. This is why I continue to be at the top of the world in terms of performance, trophies, goals, records. I will continue.’
However, Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United is up in the air. The 37-year-old will wait and see who the new Red Devils manager is before deciding on his future.
As it stands, Ronaldo is contracted at the club for a further season. However, there is growing uncertainty over his future as the club are facing an uphill challenge to qualify for next season’s Champions League.