Cristiano Ronaldo reiterated his desire to continue playing and win trophies, despite admitting there might not be many years left in him.
At 37, Cristiano Ronaldo remains one of the most formidable warriors in the game, as he continues to play at the highest level. Despite a recent slump in form, the Portuguese superstar remains more determined than ever to continue his journey in football as he targets more silverware.
Ronaldo’s arrival at Manchester United last summer for his second spell in the Premier League made the club title challengers in the eyes of many. However, things have not gone according to plan for the player or the club, to a point where many have questioned the team’s decision to sign the veteran superstar.
Ronaldo hasn’t performed at the levels expected of him, and despite that, he retains a reputation not many players in the sport have. Given his advancing years, there have been questions about his ability to play at the top level for much longer.
Some reports previously insisted that Ronaldo’s aim remains to play until he is 40, which would be three years from now. However, the striker still harbours dreams of going on for four or five more years and adding more silverware to his already outstanding collection of accolades.
Cristiano Ronaldo tells Dazn: “It’s hard to say that I don’t want more, because if I’m at a club that gives me the opportunity to win more things, why not?”. 🔴 #MUFC
“I know I don’t have many years left playing, four or five more, we’ll see, and I want to win more things”. pic.twitter.com/5AeHjJMNuK
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 25, 2022
In an interview with DAZN, Ronaldo admitted that he does not have many years left in the game, although he reiterated his desire to win more trophies.
As quoted by Goal.com, Ronaldo said, “It’s hard to say that I don’t want more, because if I’m at a club that gives me the opportunity to win more things, why not, and in the national team too. I know I don’t have many years left playing, four or five more. We’ll see, and I want to win more things.
“You have to be intelligent and know that at 18, 20 or 25, you are not the same as at 35. That is the maturity, the experience, the intelligence to understand that maybe you lose some things to win others and have the balance right to keep competing and be at the highest level. That’s not easy, but it seems like it to me because I show year after year that the numbers speak for themselves.
“I don’t have to tell you that I’m very good, because the numbers are there. The facts are facts; the rest is not. It doesn’t matter at all. That’s why I’m very happy with my form, I’m still scoring goals, helping people, teams, both in the national team and at Manchester United and that’s why I want to continue like this.”
Despite his recent struggles, Ronaldo remains Manchester United’s top goalscorer this season. He has put in a few sub-par performances of late, including in the midweek Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid. But time and again, the 37-year-old has bounced back to silence his doubters and the same could happen again in the coming weeks.