Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has said he will not retire from international football after the World Cup and wants to participate in Euro 2024.
“The road is not over yet” for him while speaking at a gala hosted by the Portuguese Football Association on Tuesday after becoming the men’s international top scorer in September with 109 goals, the Manchester United striker said.
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“I am proud to receive an award of this magnitude,” Ronaldo said.
“I never thought I could make it happen. I thank everyone who has been important in my career. It has been a long road, but I would say my path is not over yet. [You’re going to have to] Take more load from Cris [Ronaldo]. “
Since his debut in Portugal in 2003, the 37-year-old has scored 117 goals in 189 international appearances, surpassing the record set by former Iran striker Ali Daei.
A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldo led Portugal to glory at Euro 2016 and the 2019 Nations League.
“I hope to be part of the union for a few more years,” he added. “I’m still excited; my ambition is big. I’m in a team with Shabab. I want to be a part of this World Cup and Europe too; I’ll assume that right away.”
Ronaldo, who was included in Portugal’s last squad for the upcoming Nations League matches against the Czech Republic and Spain, was happy to add another award to his squad as he was given a standing ovation.
He said, “I am happy.” “I already missed receiving an award.
“It’s an honor to see the players I’ve played with, and I’m going to play with them.”
Then the former Juventus and Real Madrid striker joked about the length of his career. He laughed and said, “Diogo [Dalot, a United and Portugal teammate] Even jokes with me “You played with everyone, until you became a corpse,” and that’s true. “
Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who plays with Ronaldo at United, has backed Ronaldo to continue breaking records in his international career after the World Cup that kicks off in Qatar in November.
“Who would have believed that he did not want to be in that European championship does not know him,” Fernandes told a news conference on Wednesday.
“We know very well the resilience, flair and ambition he has shown over the years. He is not new. We know that Cristiano wants to achieve things that others have never achieved. He will always be of equal importance. He is the best player in the world, and he will continue to overcome barriers that others cannot cross.” .
Ronaldo, who scored 24 goals in 38 games in all competitions for United last season, was included in the 30-man Ballon d’Or nominees last month.
Ronaldo finished the half of his goal with a penalty kick in a 2-0 victory over Sherif Tiraspol in the European League last week. This was his first goal in eight games this season and goal 699 in his career.