Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his goals for the length of his professional football career.
The Portuguese striker joined United last summer, signing a contract until the summer of 2023, but was unsure if it would be his last.
However, the 36-year-old insisted he intended to play for as long as his body could handle it, and aimed to play until his early 40s.
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Ronaldo told ESPN: « I’m happy to be a player who has shown that, in my case, longevity has been a crucial factor in me continuing to play at a high level, to perform well. »
« Genetically, I feel like I’m 30. I take great care of my body and my mind. I learned something recently: after 33, I believe the body can perform if you have it. need, but the real battle is mental. »
« The most difficult thing is to go through many hardships focusing on the end goal, which is to stay at a high level, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few years. I’ve worked and focused more on my mind. I know my body will support me because I respect it a lot and listen to it a lot. »
« Life must have important moments, for better and for worse, but when you fall you have to have the strength to get back up. I’m happy, I want to stay here and see what will happen. »
« I want to know if I’m going to play until I’m 40, 41 or 42, but the most important thing is that my daily goal is to enjoy the moment. »
Giggs supplanted by Ronaldo?
Ronaldo will take inspiration from Ryan Giggs, who was also a winger at United who adapted his game, retiring at the incredible age of 40.
Giggs was the oldest outfield player in United history, with goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar edging him by just over a month for the overall record.
The Welshman has emphasized his diet and yoga to help him stay at the top of football for as long as he has.
As for the oldest player to play in the Premier League at any club, that record is held by former Manchester City goalkeeper John Burridge, who played in the English Premier League at the age of 43.
Teddy Sheringham, meanwhile, is the oldest outfield player, having played for West Ham at 40 years and 272 days in 2006.