Portugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo believes he can carry on his professional playing career beyond the age of 40.
Ronaldo, now 31, has established himself as one of the game’s best players during his time on the pitch, in stints with Manchester United and La Liga giants Real Madrid.
And the playmaker has recently revealed that he is not thinking about retirement just yet.
“Life is not just about football,” Ronaldo said at the grand opening of the second of his own branded hotels (Pestana CR7) in Lisbon.
“Although football is my grand passion, I must start to think about the future.
“I don’t have many years left, about 10 more or less, so I must look to the future.
“When I was young I had the dream of having my own hotel.
“Now I have two, and I am proud it is in Lisbon. I couldn’t not have a hotel in Lisbon, a city which is a part of my history.”
Portugal coach Fernando Santos was full of praise for Ronaldo, having known him from earlier in his career.
“I have known Cristiano Ronaldo since he was 18-years-old. He is a person of great quality, with a huge will to win,” Santos told the media.
“He is a man with his head in the right place and a great guy.”