Cristiano Ronaldo insists he has no plans to retire from football any time soon with the Juventus star insisting “age is just a number”.
The 34-year-old has won everything their is to win in club football but is having to come to terms with the fact that he cannot continue playing forever.
And speaking ahead of Juventus’ home Champions League clash with Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday night, the Portugal international says he is still feeling sharp.
“Age is just a number. It does not mean that at 34, 35, 36, you are at the end of your career,” Ronaldo said.
”I can show that with my performances, how I play, the way I play, the way I still feel good, sharp, thinking about the game, more mature. This makes the difference.”
Ronaldo, who is in the second season of a four-year deal at Juventus, had sparked concern among his fans when he said in an interview published a few weeks ago that he was starting to enjoy seeing himself “outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?”
He recently scored his 700th goal as a professional while on international duty with Portugal and has been nominated for a record sixth Ballon d’Or award, which would break his tie of five with Lionel Messi.
But Ronaldo says he is more interested in winning a treble with Juventus.
“We want to win Serie A, we want to win the Cup, the Champions League,” “Juventus should think big… We are going to try to win all the trophies, we know it will be difficult, especially the league and the Champions League, but I think it is possible. Everything is possible.
“In terms of individual [honours], I have nothing to say as this is individual. It is not the most important thing,” Ronaldo added. “The most important is the collective awards. If you win the collective awards, you have more chance to win the individual awards… The Ballon d’Or is for me in second place.
“To win games, to score goals, to enjoy myself, to arrive home and see my kids happy and say, ‘Congratulations daddy for scoring a goal.’ That makes me happy.
“This is my motivation to come to train, for the games, to entertain people and the fans with my passion.“Ronaldo has already won five Champions League titles and league titles in England, Spain, and Italy, but his determination to keep on winning is his drive to continue playing.
Juventus brought him in to try and break their Champions League duck, a competition they have not won since 1996.
The Old Lady have lost in five finals since then and ending the hoodoo is becoming an obsession at the club.