Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated his desire to continue playing the sport he loves and thrives in as the Portuguese talisman sets his sights on a World Cup victory.
Ronaldo to play on
The career of Cristiano Ronaldo is part of the sport’s folklore at this stage. Even now at 35 years-of-age, the Portuguese talismanic figure does not look like slowing down at any moment and continues to be a prolific goalscorer for both club and country.
The lifespan of a footballer’s career begins to fade as one reaches their mid-to-late thirties, however Ronaldo is not considering age as any sort of factor when making a decision about his future.
“It doesn’t matter the age. What is important is the mind,” Ronaldo said. “It doesn’t matter if Cristiano Ronaldo is good, you don’t know tomorrow what is going to happen. I live in the present, in the moment.”
“The moment is good, I feel happy, I feel sharp and in a good moment in my life. I hope to play many, many years more but you never know.”
“This is football, we don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. When I speak to young boys I always say ‘enjoy the moment’ because we never know what will happen. My eyes see the future very, very bright, so I am happy with that.”
Ronaldo will likely play at least one more World Cup in 2022 following the delayed 2020 European Championships which will now be hosted in the summer of 2021. This means that when the tournament in Qatar arrives in a couple years time, Ronaldo will be 37 years of age.
Could the physical phenomenon that is the former Manchester United forward continue on to his 41st birthday and play the 2026 World Cup? We will have to see.
Portugal’s best chance
Ronaldo’s chances of winning a World Cup are as good as they have ever been. The Portuguese national team is experiencing a golden era of talent which is not only experienced in the form of Ronaldo, but brimming with Premier League world class figures such as Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva.
There is also plenty of young burgeoning talent filling the Portuguese ranks. Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix was signed for a club record fee after the Rojiblancos sold Antoine Griezmann. Barcelona’s former Braga winger Trincao and the reborn Renato Sanches who has flourished at French side Lille.
Then factoring in the Wolves contingent of exciting players such as Ruben Neves, Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and now Liverpool forward Diogo Jota. A side which once lacked quality in the defensive third now has plenty of quality players such as Joao Cancelo, Nelson Semedo and Ruben Dias.
It is certainly not beyond any form of imagination that this Portuguese side could go far in the next couple of international tournaments and with further young starlets, such as Pedro Gonçalves, still to develop and gain senior caps, by 2022 to this side could truly be one of the strongest forces in world football.
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