‘Not my time yet’ – Ronaldo rules out international retirement

Fri 22 October 2021 | 21:19

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed the idea of international retirement.

The 36-year-old striker became the all-time top scorer in international football after beating

Ali Daei

’s record of 109 goals for Iran.

The former


superstar is approaching his 37th birthday, but he does not intend to end his career at the international level.

Quizzed by

Sky Sports

on international retirement, he said:

"Why? I think it's not my time yet. It's not what people want, it's what I want.

"It's when I feel that I'm not capable to run, to dribble, to shoot, if the power is gone ... but I still have that stuff so I want to continue because I'm still motivated. It's the main word - [motivated] to do my stuff, to make people happy and my family happy and the fans and myself. I want to put the level even higher.

"You speak about Portugal but in the Champions League I have the most goals, the most wins, assists … everything. But I want to carry on. I like to play football. I feel good to make people happy."

Ronaldo also reflected on United's slow start, and has backed his teammates to pull together and achieve their goals.

"We are in a moment in my opinion that Manchester (United) do a few changes; they buy me, they buy (Raphael) Varane and (Jadon) Sancho,"

the veteran further explained


"The adaptation will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible.

"I don't speak only about my individual stuff, I put the collective in first place. To win things as a collective, it's more easy to win individual stuff, so I believe that and I still think it's possible."

source: SportMob

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