Cristiano Ronaldo not yet ready to quit football

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By Martin Graham | 22nd Sep 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo is not yet ready to quit football and has set his eyes on featuring in Euro 2024. The forward recently received an award commemorating his status as Portugal’s all-time top scorer.

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly in the twilight of his career. The 37-year-old knows he doesn’t have long to feature in the sport but is unsure when to call time on his football career. The past couple of years have not been smooth sailing for the Portugal international, but he intends to keep going.

The legendary forward has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Real Madrid and Juventus. The question is, when will this behemoth of football hang up his boots? The times are interesting as Ronaldo is no longer at the peak of his powers and is not the biggest dog in the pack.

With his career going down the final stretch, Ronaldo has hinted at his last ambition before walking into the sunset. The Portugal international wants a final hurrah in the top competitions before he says good night.

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What else does Ronaldo want?

Cristiano Ronaldo has won every trophy available to him except the World Cup. He banished his wait for an international title when he helped Portugal win Euro 2016. He also helped Portugal become winners of the first-ever Nations League in 2019. One would have thought that these were enough to convince Ronaldo to quit, but the legend of the game continues to trudge on.

Barring injuries, Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to add the last trophy missing in his cabinet later this year. The World Cup will complete the set for Ronaldo and set him on a pedestal higher than Lionel Messi. Is the World Cup the only thing that hinders Ronaldo from calling time on his career?

Ronaldo said his road was not over yet during an awards ceremony in Portugal. The 37-year-old says he feels motivated and still has high ambitions.

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Ronaldo said he is in the selection with several young players and wants to be part of the World Cup and the 2024 Euros. Cristiano Ronaldo will be 39 when the 2024 European Championship in Germany comes along.

A torrid season for Ronaldo

Ronaldo is going through one of the worst seasons in his career. The Portugal forward had pushed to leave Manchester United this summer, but there were no takers. The Real Madrid legend cited a desire to continue his legacy in the Champions League as the reason he wanted to leave the Red Devils.

Ronaldo currently sits top of the Champions League goalscorers chart. He is comfortably ahead with 140 goals, with Lionel Messi trailing him on 126. Robert Lewandowski is third with 89 strikes.

Under new boss Erik Ten Hag, Ronaldo has been more of a feature on the bench. He has made just one start in the Premier League this season, and it came in the embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Brentford.

Ronaldo remains the all-time top scorer for the Portugal national team.

He has 117 international goals from 189 matches. It makes him the all-time men’s top goalscorer in international football. He is trailed by Iran’s Ali Daei (109), with Messi in fourth place with 86.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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