Cristiano Ronaldo Rubbishes Retirement Talk, Targets Euro 2024
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying game Ukraine vs Portugal at NSK Olimpiyskyi stadium — Photo by

Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact at Manchester United may be waning and he may seem to be in the twilight of his career but his ambitions remain high including playing at Euro 2024.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who turns 38 in February, will be part of Portugal’s squad for this year’s World Cup in November, barring injury.

But Ronaldo rubbished any talk that the tournament would be his last at international level, despite struggling for form this season at United.

“I hope to be a part of the national team for a few more years,” he said.

“I still have the motivation, and my ambition is high.

“My path here is not over. We have many quality youngsters. I will be at the World Cup, and I want to be at the European Championship, too.

“It has been a long road and I want to take the opportunity to say that the road is not over yet. You’ll still have to put up with me for a little while longer!”

Ronaldo had tried to force a move out of Old Trafford in the off-season but failed to find an appropriate suitor, having wanted to challenge for silverware and play in this season’s Champions League. He has also been linked with a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia.

The 37-year-old has 189 caps for Portugal, scoring a record 117 goals, and helping the side lift the Euro 2016 title.

Portugal are grouped with Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana at the 2022 World Cup.

Ben somerford
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