Cristiano Ronaldo eyes Euro 2024 after World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo has squashed all rumours of retirement after the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
The Portugal captain says he wants to compete at Euro 2024, which will take place when he is 39-years-old.
Ronaldo insists the “road is not over yet” for him when he was speaking at a gala hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation on Tuesday.
The Manchester United star was present to receive an award for becoming the highest men’s international goalscorer with 109 goals.
“I am proud to receive an award of this magnitude,” Ronaldo said, as quoted by ESPN. “I never thought that one day I could achieve it. I thank everyone who was important in my career. It has been a long road, but I would like to say that my road is not over yet. [You’re going to have to] take a little more load from Cris [Ronaldo].”
Ronaldo made his Portugal debut in 2003 – before he became a United player – and he has scored an incredible 117 goals in 189 international matches, beating a record previously held by former Iran striker Ali Daei.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has also been successful on the international stage. He guided Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and won the Nations League in 2019.
Now he will be aiming to add the World Cup to his career honours’ list.
“I hope to be part of the Federation for a few more years,” he added. “I still feel motivated; my ambition is high. I’m in a team with young people. I want to be part of this World Cup and the European too; I’m going to assume that right away.”
Manchester United have three players in the current Portugal squad including Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot.
Over the next week, they will be facing Czech Republic and Spain before taking part in the Qatar World Cup later this year. Stay tuned for more updates.