Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his desire to continue playing for “many, many years” and says he feels “lively and in a good time” even at 35.
The Juventus forward has continued to challenge his years since arriving from Real Madrid for around £ 100million in 2018 and has scored 16 goals in just 14 games for the Italian champions this season.
Ronaldo’s contract at Turin has another 18 months to go and he doesn’t think retirement is imminent, saying: “If you’re feeling motivated, it doesn’t matter.
“Cristiano now is good. I feel a great moment, but I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I live the present, the present moment. The moment is good, I feel happy.
“I still feel good, lively and having a good time in my life. I hope to play again, for many more years, but you never know. It’s football, you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.
“When I talk to young boys, I always give them advice. I say, “Take advantage of the moment, because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Something can happen in your life with your family. Enjoy the moment. “
“My eyes see the future very, very bright, so I’m happy with it.”
Ronaldo confident of more success at the euro; World Cup a “ dream ”
One of the reasons Ronaldo believes his future is “very bright” is that he and his Portugal team-mates are “very positive” to retain their European Championship title this season.
Ronaldo was a key part of the squad that won Euro 2016 – Portugal’s first major trophy – and managed a hat-trick in the semi-finals by winning the Premier League in 2019.
And the former Manchester United striker is confident that Euro 2020 – reorganized for the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus – can see Portugal win their third major trophy in five years.
He said: “It will be difficult, but we are a good team, a young team. We have a fantastic coach. [Fernando Santos], so we’re very, very, very positive about it.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen – we have to think about our squad – but I think we’ll be good. Our team is better, we’ve improved a lot, the youngsters are getting better and better, so I’m very confident . “
But Ronaldo insists he is not happy with what he has already won with Portugal and has turned to the only major international trophy he has yet to win – the World Cup.
The next iteration of the tournament will take place in Qatar in the winter of 2022 – when Ronaldo will be almost 38 – and he dreams of leading his country to even greater glory.
“We won 2016 and now we want to win the World Cup,” Ronaldo said. “It’s possible, yes, it’s possible. Everything is possible.
“But you also have to be realistic. As I have told you many times, my dream is to win something for the Portuguese national team and I won two titles, which makes me happy.
“I win [with] all the clubs I’ve played with, but the World Cup… it’s a dream. It is a dream.”