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Cristiano Ronaldo talks about how long he will keep playing and dreams of the World Cup


Most footballers in their 30s have long since started to envision the life after football as they plan to hang up their shoes in the years to come – Cristiano Ronaldo is not “most footballers”.

The Juventus star was recently crowned Player of the Century at the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards – an award that naturally came 20 years after the turn of the century, probably because they believe no one in the next 80 years could surpass it. Ronaldo’s achievements in the game.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted he wants to keep playing until at least 2022 | Emilio Andreoli / Getty Images

And despite turning 36 in 2021, the Portugal international insisted he didn’t plan to call it a day in professional play, adding that he still felt sharp enough to play for “many years. ”.

“If you feel motivated, it doesn’t matter,” said Ronaldo, reported by Sky Sports. “Cristiano now is good. I’m feeling in a great time, but I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. I live the present, the moment. The timing is right, I feel happy.

“I still feel good, lively and having a good time in my life. I hope to play for many more years, but you never know. It’s football, we don’t know what will happen tomorrow.

“When I talk to young boys, I always give them advice. I tell them, “Take advantage of the moment, because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Something can happen in your life with your family. Take advantage of the moment ”.

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Ronaldo wants more international success | Carlos Rodrigues / Getty Images

“My eyes see the future very, very bright, so I’m happy with it.”

After winning just about everything there is to gain at club level, Ronaldo finally realized his dream of international success as Portugal were crowned European champions at Euro 2016.

The former Manchester United man is confident that the current crop of Portuguese players can replicate their 2016 success at the revamped European Championships next year, and believes they are a better team than the one that triumphed in France.

“It will be difficult, but we are a good team, a young team,” he added. “We have a fantastic trainer [Fernando Santos], so we’re very, very, very positive about it.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen – we have to think about our squad – but I think we’ll be good. Our team is better, we have improved a lot, the young people are getting better and better, so I am very confident. ”

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Ronaldo led his country to success at Euro 2016 | Gualter Fatia / Getty Images

Not content with retaining his European crown, the Juventus forward said he saw no reason why he couldn’t lead his country to World Cup glory in 2022, adding that it was his “ dream ”of becoming a World Cup winner.

“We won 2016 and now we want to win the World Cup,” Ronaldo said. “It’s possible, yes, it’s possible. Everything is possible.

“But you also have to be realistic. As I have told you many times, my dream is to win something for the Portugal national team and I have won two titles which makes me happy. I win. [with] all the clubs I’ve played with, but the World Cup… it’s a dream. It is a dream.”