The 36-year-old five-time Golden Ball has no intention of hanging up his boots just yet.
Even if play-off Portugal do not qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, it might not be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last chance for the world title. The five-time Golden Ball Cristiano Ronaldo said he can still see himself playing at the highest level beyond the age of 40, revealing his secrets of longevity in an interview with ESPN Brazil.
« I’m happy, I want to continue and see what happens. If I can still play at 40, I can play at 41, 42 … But the most important thing is to enjoy the moment. present, « said the 36-year-old Portuguese in the first of the three parts of this interview, broadcast Wednesday evening.
« Longevity is a fascinating thing, which I have started to study lately »
« Genetically speaking, I’m not going to say that I feel like I’m 25, don’t exaggerate. But it’s like I’m 30. I take good care of my body and my body. spirit, « he added.
To the journalist who asked him if he could compare himself to other legends of the sport like the star of the American football Tom Brady (43 years) or the tennis player Roger Federer (40 years), CR7 estimated that it was « other sports, with different requirements ».
“Longevity is a fascinating thing, which I have started to study lately,” he insisted.
« The most difficult battle is at the mental level »
The secret to staying at the top level in the world, he said, is having the « intelligence » needed « to adapt » to new situations and « read the game well. »
« I know my body and I have experience. At each age group, I have been able to adapt to new playing philosophies (…) I am proud to hear that my age, I managed to maintain my usual level of play, « he explained.
« There is one thing that I have learned in recent years: after 33 years, the body will continue to hold (…) if we take care of it well. But the most difficult battle is at the mental level », he concluded. A message for all those, high level athletes or not, who feel inexorably declining physically after 33 years.