Cristiano Ronaldo indicated on Tuesday during the Quinas de Ouro gala, where he was honored as the Portuguese top scorer of all time, that he does not want to stop with the national team for a long time. The 37-year-old attacker of Manchester United says he also wants to be active at the European Championship in 2024 after the World Cup in Qatar next winter.
Ronaldo made his debut for the Portuguese national team on August 20, 2003 and has since scored 117 goals in 189 caps. The five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or was honored for this on Tuesday by the Portuguese federation and spoke about his plans for the future. “I am proud to receive an award of this size. I never expected that one day I would achieve this. It’s been a long road, but it’s not over yet.”
The attacker, who turns 38 in February, is far from thinking about stopping at Seleco das Quinas. “The 2022 World Cup is the goal, but so is the European Championship in 2024. I am still motivated and my ambitions are high. I want to be there at both the World Cup and European Championship.” Ronaldo had a bad year with Manchester United last season in which he failed to win a trophy for the first time in years. “I missed receiving prizes,” the Portuguese says with a wink.
Ronaldo has to make it this season under Erik ten Hag the Red Devils for the time being with a spare roll. The attacker missed a large part of the preparation due to personal reasons and has been struggling with a condition behind since then. The Portuguese only started in the Premier League in the lost game against Brentford (4-0). Ronaldo could count on a basic place in the matches in the group stage of the Europa League against Real Sociedad (0-1 loss) and FC Sheriff (0-2 win).
More sports news