Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that ‘I could end my career next year, but I could also play until I’m 40, 41.’
Ronaldo had just helped fire Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League when he joined Juve last summer, but the No 7 admits he was becoming too ‘comfortable’ in the Spanish capital.
“I don’t need football to live well, I’m fine financially,” he told TVI.
“What I need are attractive projects and Juve’s is one of them. I’ve always liked this team, they’re the best in Italy and one of the best in the world.
“They’ve always fought to establish themselves in Europe. And after winning in England and Spain, I also won in Italy and I’m happy to be here.
“Everyone wants to win the Champions League, us included, but we mustn’t treat it as an obsession.
“We must things take their course and go step by step. After that, we must remember that money doesn’t make the teams great. Look at how many years Barcelona, Bayern or PSG haven’t won the Champions League.
“I was worse in defeat a few years ago. If I lost, sometimes I didn’t have dinner, I’d go into a room and left the next day.
“With maturity, I learned that the most important thing in life wasn’t football. Obviously you have to be focused, because it’s your job, but you can also disconnect from it.
“Georgina knows nothing about football and I’m happy about that. She thinks like me and supports me in my choices, like coming to Turin.
“I could end my career next year, but I could also play until I’m 40, 41. I don’t know, but what I always say is that you have to enjoy the moment. The present is excellent and I must enjoy it.
“I believe no player holds more records than me. It wasn’t easy to leave Madrid. I was there for nine years, 60 percent of my career.
“I’d lifted 17 trophies and it had become a routine, but I wanted a different challenge and I’m very happy to be here.
“Leaving Madrid was even more complicated for my son Cristianinho because he had his friends there, but I’d been preparing to leave for months.
“He understood that there was the possibility his father would leave Real. He didn’t believe it, but he knew it could happen.
“I’m a person who doesn't like to stay in a comfort zone and Madrid was becoming one. I wanted a new challenge.
“Adapting was easy and [my son] Cris speaks four languages, even better than me. However, many of my teammates speak Spanish and English.
“It’s a challenge to become the player with most militancy, but there are other priorities in life. I have children and a woman.
“It’s worth facing this sacrifice, but I certainly love challenges and perfecting myself.”
The 34-year-old has won everything in club football, so does he have the hunger for more?
“I’ve won a lot of awards. And many times when I didn’t win, I felt it was the right decision. Other times I didn’t.
“Whoever wins always deserves to, and I’m one of the best in my work. I’m now in the history of football.
“It’s no coincidence that Messi and I are the only ones to have won five Ballon d’Or. I’m obsessed with success.
“It’s my job, but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t win. I still have the motivation to try to reassert myself on a collective and individual level, otherwise I’d have already stopped playing.
“It would be easy to stop because I’m not missing out on anything, but what moves me is m passion for football and desire to win.
“Work is everything, even Nobel-prize winners are great workers... I like learning from other sportspeople, like [sprinter Francis] Obikwelu. I like to emulate good examples.”