Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal and Juventus striker says age doesn’t matter

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal and Juventus striker says age doesn’t matter

- Cristiano Ronaldo has once again stated that he is not even thinking about retirement

- The Portuguese legend who turns 36 in February says he feels very good at the moment

- Portugal coach Fernando Santos earlier hinted that CR7 will play until he is 40

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Cristiano Ronaldo who turns 36 in February has stated that age does not matter as he remains in excellent shape to play for many more years.

While several superstars have retired at his age, the former Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United forward who will be 37 at the next FIFA World Cup slated for Qatar in 2022 emphatically stated that he is not retiring soon.

According to him, the most important thing is the state of mind, adding that he hopes to play for so many more years.

He said, as cited in BBC Sport.

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"It doesn't matter the age. What is important is the mind.
"It doesn't matter if Cristiano Ronaldo is good, you don't know tomorrow what is going to happen. I live in the present, in the moment.
"The moment is good, I feel happy, I feel sharp and in a good moment in my life. I hope to play many, many years more but you never know."

And Portugal coach Fernando Santos recently stated that the 35-year-old will continue to play at the topflight level until he is 40.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal and Juventus striker says age doesn’t matter ahead of his 36th birthday
Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants to play for many more years. Photo: Chris Ricco
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Ronaldo does not look like he is slowing down at the moment as he continues to break records in the round leather game.

And Santos believes the Portuguese captain is physically strong enough to continue playing until his body slows down.

He became the first player to score 450 goals in Europe's top five leagues and CR7 will be looking to add to his tally when they host Napoli on matchday 3 in the Italian topflight division.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Philippe Coutinho has joined Lionel Messi on the sidelines after limping off the pitch in Barcelona's last game of 2020.

The Brazilian was replaced by Miralem Pjanic in the 66th minute of their 1-1 draw against 15th place Eibar at Camp Nou earlier this week.

He will now undergo surgery a few days from now as confirmed by the Catalan club but his likely return date was kept out of the information released by the club.

This latest development could, however, deprive Liverpool of the £18 million bonus due to them as part of the £130 million deal which saw the winger joined Barca in 2018.

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