Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal forward wants to play Euro 2024
Cristiano Ronaldo is in no mood to hang his boots anytime soon. Speaking to AFP, Ronaldo stated his journey is not over yet and he wants to play the Euros. Ronaldo, who is 37 years old, is still very motivated and wants to remain ambitious. The Portugal forward will be seen at this year's Qatar World Cup. Here are further details.
"My journey is not over yet, you're going to have to put up with 'Cris' for a while longer," said Ronaldo on Tuesday as per AFP. "I want to be part of the World Cup and the Euros ... I feel very motivated. My ambition is great," the 37-year-old added.
Ronaldo is currently the top scorer in men's international football. He has scored 117 goals in 189 appearances for Portugal. In September 2021, Ronaldo surpassed Ali Daei to become the highest scorer in men's international football. He had scored a brace against Republic of Ireland, helping Portugal win 2-1 in a crucial World Cup qualifying match.
Portugal are set to finish their last two group matches in the UEFA Nations League. Ronaldo will be leading the line against the Czech Republic and Spain this month. Notably, Portugal are placed second in League A Group 2 with 7 points from four games. Spain lead the show with 8 points, having gone unbeaten so far (W2 D2).
Ronaldo is the highest scorer at the European Championships with 14 goals (main tournament). He has also scored the highest number of goals at the Euros, including qualifying events (45). He has a 20-goal cushion over Zlatan Ibrahimovic (25) in this regard. Ronaldo has won one Euro trophy after Portugal beat France in the 2016 edition.
Ronaldo wanted to leave Manchester United over the summer in order to play Champions League football. However, he found no takers as United too stated he isn't for sale. His contract will end at the end of 2022-23 season. In 8 games for United, Ronaldo has managed just one goal in all competitions this season. He missed the pre-season earlier.