Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has now stated that he still dreams of finishing his career with the La Liga giants and can see himself playing until the age of 40. There have been some questions raised about his long-term future at the Bernabeu in recent weeks, with the 30-year-old recently stating that “nobody knows what will happen next year”, after he had equaled Madrid’s all-time goalscoring record towards the end of last month.
The Red Devils and Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain were linked with moves for the Portuguese winger, with his agent Jorge Mendes reportedly seeking a new big money deal. After being awarded his record fourth career Golden Shoe award as Europe’s top goal scorer, the attacker stated from the podium that he wanted a “fifth, and a sixth”, as he was still not satisfied with what he had achieved till now.
Speaking to Marca, he said, “I want to win more. I still feel good, I feel young. I am 30 and I want to play five or six more years, and in these years I want to do well and try and keep the level of recent seasons. I know that it gets harder all the time, but in my head it is possible. I want to win and I am at the best club in the world. Logically, I have a contract up to 33, and as I have said many times my dream was to finish here at Real Madrid, because I feel good, I feel useful, and I want to stay. At the moment I do not feel any different from when I was 25,” Ronaldo said. “Many people say that from 30 you start to drop, but I do not share this idea because if you look after yourself, you train and you do well day to day. You do not grow old overnight, it happens slowly. If you look after yourself, you can reach 40. I have the motivation to keep going.”
This is what Ronaldo did in Manchester United in his last term at the Old Trafford: