United star Cristiano Ronaldo has set his retirement age after picking up another award at FIFA’s The Best award ceremony.
On Monday night, Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the FIFA Special Best Men’s Award.
Ronaldo received the Special Award for his record with Portugal at FIFA’s The Best award event.
With an amazing 115 goals for Portugal, he shattered the international goal-scoring record.
After scoring a double against the Republic of Ireland in September last year, the United star Cristiano Ronaldo topped Ali Daei’s tally, scoring twice in the final five minutes to deny the Emerald Isle victory.
It’s a testament to Ronaldo’s incredible fitness that he’s still setting records at a time when many players are contemplating retirement.
However, the Portuguese superstar has no immediate plans to retire, though he has given some thought to when he might do so.
Ronaldo was asked about his future as one of the few players that attended the FIFA ceremony.
He said: “People sometimes ask me how many more years I’m going to play, and I say I hope to play four, five more years. It’s all about mentally.”
He added: “It is a dream. First of all, I have to say thank you to my teammates in the national team in the last 20 years that I used to play with.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the all-time goalscoring record against the Republic of Ireland with Portugal.
“The record was 109, right? So, six ahead. I am so proud. It is a special award from FIFA – an organization I respect a lot. I also have to thank my family. Soon I will be a father again. I am proud. It is great to be the leading goalscorer of all time.
“I still have the passion for the game and scoring goals. I play football since I was five years old. When I go to the pitch, even in training, my motivation is still there. Even 37 soon, I feel good.
“I keep working hard. I love the game and have the passion. I want to continue. I hope to play maybe four or five years, It is all mental. If you treat your body good, when you need it, it will give back.”
The 36-year-old has had one of the most successful football careers in history, winning trophies with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus across Europe.
Five Champions League trophies, seven league titles, and six domestic cups, as well as five Ballon d’Ors, are among his accomplishments.
With 14 goals in all competitions, the veteran is the club’s leading scorer, but he has been chastised for not following Ralf Rangnick’s high-press tactics.
Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from United just a year after making his comeback, if the Red Devils fail to qualify for the Champions League.