Could Cristiano Ronaldo retire soon?
The 34-year-old Juventus star recently discussed this, although he also left the door open for a very long career, as well.
Although he is entering his mid-thirties, Ronaldo still looks like a superstar when he plays, but soccer is a physical game that could wear on even the best-kept athletes in the world. If he is entering the home stretch, however, he’d leave the game as one of the best.
Juventus had to pay Real Madrid a hefty price of €100 million when they signed him from Spanish giants Real Madrid a couple of seasons ago. The Italian champions decided to ignore the Portuguese’ age and splashed the cash for his services in pursuit of the dream of winning the Champions League.
The last season, however, couldn’t see them reach the heights they desired in Europe. Into his second season in Turin, Ronaldo has admitted that he might call time on his career in a couple of years.
Ronaldo is unarguably one of the fittest footballers there ever have been. Despite being on the wrong side of the thirties, the former Real Madrid man continues to score goals for fun and perform in the field as if he is in his twenties. Despite such physical abilities, there’s no doubt that his playing days, sooner or later, will come to an end.
“I still love football,” said Ronaldo in an interview with SportBible. “I love to entertain the fans and the people who love Cristiano Ronaldo. It doesn’t matter the age, it’s all about mentality.”
“The last five years I start to enjoy this process of seeing me outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two? I’m not a crazy man, I’m not obsessed with training. I’m obsessed with success, which is completely different.” I hope to achieve more in football in the next few years, and then I will consider whether I should leave.”
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star also opened up on his interest to grow further and develop as a businessman: “Everyone has pressure. It’s how you deal with the pressure that matters.”
“It has taken many years of hard work, dedication and passion to achieve what I have in football. Outside of football I’m not there yet, but I’m a competitive guy and I don’t like to be the number two or number three. I always want to be number one. I will do it, 100 per cent,” Ronaldo signed off.