Portugal‘ Cristiano Ronaldo is hands down two of the greatest football player our generation has seen, the other being Argentina Lionel Messi. Ronaldo has quite possibly won every major accolade that any upcoming football star dreams of. However, the Portuguese captain is still haunted by that one elusive trophy, the FIFA World Cup.
Since the inception of the game, it has been mentioned several times that even if you are an exceptional player, your career is not considered ‘GOAT’ quality unless you have that illustrious trophy in your achievement list. For instance, Pele, Maradona, and Ronaldo, all are considered the greatest of all time because not only have they won every championship gold ever imagined, but they also took home World Cup glory as well.
Now Cristiano is also looking to win the 2022 installment of the World Cup. This world cup is especially challenging for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as he might hang up his boots right after this due to his age, at least internationally. However, he himself has not said anything regarding his retirement. Although he has emphatically said he will retire 100% if his team wins the world cup in his interview with Piers Morgan, retiring after the loss is another story.
When will Ronaldo retire?
The question that is going through the minds of millions of Ronaldo’s fans all around the world, but truthfully the answer isn’t really easy to give as the former Real Madrid star has not specified a certain date.
In the same interview with Piers Morgan, the 37-year-old said he’d want to retire at the age of 40. Ronaldo said, “I want to play two years more, three years more. So two or three years maximum. I want to finish at 40. I think 40 will be a good age… but I don’t know, I don’t know the future.”
However, he also clarified that ‘life is dynamic’ and who knows what might happen in the future despite his plan. Still, given his level of fitness, something which has been kept a first priority, it is not unlikely to see the Portuguese star play.
What’s more, Ronaldo is hopeful that he will play for Portugal at the Euro 2024, but the 2026 World Cup seems highly unlikely.