Cristiano Ronaldo opens up about retirement plans and a ‘real fight’ for his longevity – Archyde

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t had everything his way since returning to Old Trafford, but he has shown he’s still capable of playing at the highest level at the age of 36.

And despite being at an age where others might consider hanging up their boots, the Portuguese striker has spoken of his ambition to continue playing past the age of 40.

Former United frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued to play at a high level well into his 40s and Ronaldo has suggested the only obstacle preventing him from doing the same is mental rather than physical.

His comments come amid calls from United fans for the veteran to give the captain’s armband in the face of an explosive Sky Sports interview in which he woke up some younger players.

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Ronaldo is United’s top scorer this season



Ronaldo is Manchester United’s top scorer this season with 14 goals in all competitions, having scored 20 or more club goals in each of the last 14 seasons.

United may be catching up in the race for a top-four finish but his own end product has not been questioned and he has spoken about the challenges of staying at a high mental level.

“Genetically, I feel like I’m 30 years old. I take great care of my body and mind,” Ronaldo told ESPN Brasil (via Bolavip ).

“What I’ve learned recently is that I believe at 33 years old the body can deliver when you need it, but the real battle is mental.

“Going through a lot of things with the focus on the end goal, staying at a high level is the hardest thing and that’s what I’ve done over the past few years,” said the forward.

“I’ve been working and focusing more on working on my sanity. I know my body can handle me because I have a lot of respect for it and I listen to it a lot.

“I want to figure out if I’m going to play until I’m 40, 41 or 42, but the important thing is that my daily goal is to enjoy the moment.”

Ronaldo scored his 800th career goal in December


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Ronaldo hit the milestone of 800 career goals back in early December and has continued to add to his tally in the weeks since.

He’s one of a number of forwards who continue to score goals well into their thirties. Lionel Messi won the 2021 Ballon d’Or after a striking first half of the calendar year with Barcelona, ​​and Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema were both top scorers in their respective domestic leagues.

The Man Utd striker was the top scorer in Serie A last season, his last season as a Juventus player, while Ibrahimovic, 40, has scored eight goals of his own this term in the same competition.

“I want to play as long as possible,” the Swede said earlier this month. “As long as I have that adrenaline, I’ll keep going.”

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