Is Cristiano Ronaldo looking to retire by 2020?
There is no doubt that Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers of all time. As fans are enjoying his stint every time he steps onto the field, they could also be wondering when will the superstar call time on his career. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has given a hint on the same, and it could be sooner than expected. Here's more.
Speaking on the same, Ronaldo said that he is not thinking about it yet, while he admitted that it could be happening anytime by next year, or even until his forties. Ronaldo admitted that he is happy with the gift he has and is enjoying the moment. "The gift is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it," quoted Ronaldo to TV1.
"Are there any soccer players who have more records than me? I don't think there are any footballers who have more records than me," said Ronaldo, on being asked if he was looking to win further trophies or script records.
Speaking on Ronaldo's achievements to date, there are aplenty. He has won the Ballon d'Or, on five occasions, the joint-most along with Lionel Messi. He has also been the top goal-scorer in the UEFA Champions League in seven different seasons, besides being the record goal-scorer of the tournament (126). He is also the all-time top scorer of Real Madrid (450) and Portugal (88).
Ronaldo has already made an impact in Juventus, winning the Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana title in his opening season. Meanwhile, he would look to win the UCL this season. Moreover, given the kind of form he is in, he should certainly be able to do it. However, he won't have the same assist of top players as he had back in Madrid.
Although Ronaldo might have said that he could call time on his career by next year, the author firmly believes that it's not happening. He also feels that Ronaldo can easily play for three or more seasons and given the shape he is in currently, it won't be a problem for him unless he suffers a major injury.
While his retirement itself is a debatable topic, another debate could be as to where would Ronnie calls time on his career. While it was expected to be Madrid a few years back, it's out of option now. Meanwhile, fans are not sure if he would do so in Juventus either. However, a realistic option could be either of Manchester United or Sporting CP.