Cristiano Ronaldo, the Manchester United and Portugal striker, has stated that he has no intention of retiring from international football and that he feels he can still win trophies with his current club.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus striker will be 37 by next February, but he claims he has no plans to retire from international football since he still feels powerful and driven to compete.
“Why? “I don’t believe it’s my time yet,” Ronaldo said Sky Sports News when asked whether he was thinking about retiring from international football. “It’s not about what other people want; it’s about what I want.”
“It’s when I feel that I’m not capable to run, to dribble, to shoot, if the power is gone … but I still have that stuff so I want to continue because I’m still motivated. It’s the main word – [motivated] to do my stuff, to make people happy and my family happy and the fans and myself. I want to put the level even higher.
“You speak about Portugal but in the Champions League I have the most goals, the most wins, assists … everything. But I want to carry on. I like to play football. I feel good to make people happy.”
“We are in a moment in my opinion that Manchester (United) do a few changes; they buy me, they buy (Raphael) Varane and (Jadon) Sancho,” the veteran further explained.
“The adaptation will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible.
“I don’t speak only about my individual stuff, I put the collective in first place. To win things as a collective, it’s more easy to win individual stuff, so I believe that and I still think it’s possible.”