One of the best footballers of his generation Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that he could retire as early as next year.
At the age of 34, the Juventus forward has shown no signs of stopping and continues to be a prolific goal-scorer. The Portuguese has always maintained a good physique and remained. There are no reasons to suggest a premature retirement but he has hinted it could happen.
“I don’t think about that,” Ronaldo told TVI on Tuesday.
“Maybe I can finish my career next year… but I can also play up to 40 or 41.
“I don’t know. What I always say is to enjoy the moment. The gift is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it.”
Ronaldo has always been motivated to create history and is looking to create more before he calls it a day.
“Are there any football players who have more records than me?” he asked.
“I don’t think there are any footballers who have more records than me.”
Cristiano Ronaldo told Portuguese television on Tuesday that “2018 was the most difficult year on a personal level.”
Ronaldo had to deal with rape allegations last year after former model Kathryn Mayorga filed a complaint in September alleging she was sexually assaulted by the footballer in 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.
The case was dismissed in a Nevada court in June, though the filing did not say if Ronaldo had agreed a settlement.
He denies the accusation, although he has reportedly acknowledged that he paid Mayorga in an earlier settlement.
“When people question your honour, it hurts,” he said on Tuesday. “It hurts a lot mainly because I have a big family, a wife and an intelligent child who understands a lot of things.”
“This is a case I’m not comfortable expressing myself on. But once again, my innocence has been proven. It makes me proud,” said the Juventus and former Manchester United and Real Madrid star.
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Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed why he and Lionel Messi can be regarded as the greatest footballers ever.
While Messi has spent his entire professional career at Barcelona, Ronaldo has spent time at Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and currently Juventus.
Ronaldo has lifted the Champions League on five occasions – four times at Real Madrid and once at Manchester United, while Messi has won Europe’s premium competition on four occasions at Barcelona.
“The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs,” Ronaldo told DAZN.
“I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identity myself with this tournament.
“Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not just for his Ballon d’Or wins, but also for having improved – like me – year after year.
“I wake up every morning with the idea in my head of training with the objective of achieving something more, not just to earn money.
“Thank God, I don’t lack money, so what I want to earn is a place in the history of football.”