Cristiano Ronaldo has allayed fears he is thinking about retiring by insisting ‘age is just a number’.
The Portuguese superstar is now 34 years of age and is approaching the age at which most footballers would hang up their boots.
Despite that, his performance levels have remained extraordinarily high and recently hit his 700th goal for club and country. He has used those statistics to suggest that he could continue playing for the foreseeable future.
Talking ahead of Juventus’ UEFA Champions League clash with Lokomotiv Moscow, Ronaldo said: “Age is just a number. It does not mean that at 34, 35, 36, you are at the end of your career.
“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.”
His current deal with the Italian giants is set to expire in the summer of 2022 but Ronaldo is targeting yet more trophies before his departure.
“We want to win Serie A, we want to win the Cup, the Champions League,” he continued. “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.”
Ahead of their clash with Lokomotiv on Tuesday evening, Maurizio Sarri’s troops sit at 9/1 to lift the trophy at the end of the season with Betfair.