Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has stated that he’ll not retire from worldwide obligation after the World Cup and desires to compete at Euro 2024.
The Manchester United ahead stated the “road is not over but” for him when talking at a gala hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation on Tuesday after turning into the very best males’s worldwide purpose scorer in September with 109 targets.
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“I’m proud to obtain an award of this magnitude,” Ronaldo stated.
“I by no means thought that at some point I may obtain it. I thank everybody who was vital in my profession. It has been a protracted road, however I want to say that my road is not over but. [You’re going to have to] take just a little extra load from Cris [Ronaldo].”
Since making his Portugal debut in 2003, the 37-year-old Ronaldo has scored 117 targets in 189 worldwide video games, surpassing the file set by former Iran striker Ali Daei.
A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldo captained Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and the 2019 Nations League.
“I hope to be a part of the Federation for a number of extra years,” he added. “I nonetheless really feel motivated; my ambition is excessive. I’m in a group with younger individuals. I need to be a part of this World Cup and the European one too; I’m going to imagine that instantly.”
Ronaldo, who was included in Portugal’s newest squad for the upcoming Nations League video games towards the Czech Republic and Spain, was thrilled so as to add one other award to his assortment as he received a standing ovation.
“I’m blissful,” he stated. “I already missed receiving an award.
“It’s with delight that I see guys I performed with, with whom I’m going to play.”
The former Juventus and Real Madrid ahead then joked concerning the size of his profession. He laughed and stated, “Diogo [Dalot, a United and Portugal teammate] even jokes with me ‘you performed with everybody, till you change into a carcass,’ and it is true.”
Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who performs with Ronaldo at United, has backed Ronaldo to proceed breaking information in his worldwide profession after the World Cup, which begins in Qatar in November.
“Whoever may consider that he did not need to be at that European Championship would not know him,” Fernandes informed a information convention on Wednesday.
“We know effectively the resilience, style and ambition he has proven over the years. It’s not new. We know that Cristiano needs to attain issues that others have by no means achieved. He will all the time have the identical significance. He is the very best participant on the earth, and he’ll proceed to beat limitations that others can not.”
Ronaldo, who scored 24 targets in 38 video games in all competitions for United final season, was named on the 30-man record of Ballon d’Or nominees final month.
Ronaldo ended his purpose drought from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win towards Sheriff Tiraspol within the Europa League final week. It was his first purpose in eight appearances this season and the 699th of his membership profession.