Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Cristiano Ronaldo is able to play at the top level until he is 40.
The 36-year-old striker agreed to return to Old Trafford on a two-year deal fromJuventus
in the summer transfer window.
The Portuguese has had a great start to his second spell at Old Trafford and has scored four goals in his first three outings for the Red Devils.
has said the Portugal captain keeps himself in an ideal physical shape which allows him to play professional football into his 40s.
‘’I wouldn’t be surprised if he was still playing at 40, not at all,’’
Solskjaer told reporters
‘’The way he looks after himself, that’s the key, that’s the key to it all and, of course, some genes. There must be some genes in there! He has put every single ounce of energy and effort into becoming the player he is.
‘’He deserves every single plaudit that he gets for first, his own physical state but, even more impressively, when you have achieved as much as he has. He is still just as hungry as ever.
‘’His mentality is still absolutely spot on and that’s just desire from inside of him and he’s going to keep going until his legs or even his head say no that’s it, I've given everything now."
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner spent six seasons with the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009, helping his side win eight major trophies including three Premier League titles and one Champions League.
He scored 118 goals in 292 games in all competitions for United during his first spell.
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