Some players retire (temporarily) after a failed penalty in a major cup final. Others, like Cristiano, prefer to stay in the game until their body can’t take it anymore.
The calendar states that Cristiano Ronaldo is 33-years-old but the numbers on the pitch say otherwise. Ahead of the Real Madrid vs Liverpool UEFA Champions League final, let us remind ourselves that Los Blancos’ number 7 forward is poised to match or surpass the highest UCL topscorer in a single season tally (17); ironically, that’s his personal best and in this current campaign, he is at 15 goals.
It’s hard to believe that Cristiano is almost four years older than Bundesliga playmaker Robert Lewandowski, and two years older than both ex-Liverpool goal poacher Luis Suarez and PSG talisman Edinson Cavani. Yet, the evergreen Portuguese superstar reigns above these names.
The 1985-born athlete just concluded the 2017/18 La Liga season as the player with the most shots per game (6.6) and the best goals-per-game ratio (0.96). His legs are not showing any signs of getting weak.
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) May 22, 2018
“I can play until I turn 41,” Ronaldo boldly noted in an exclusive interview with El Chiringuito on Tuesday.
“I feel good, happy. I can’t complain,” the father-of-four added.
“We are playing yet another [Champions League] final on Saturday and the fans are behind Cristiano.”
“At the moment, my biological age is 23.”
On May 26, Ronaldo will be making his 153rd appearance in the UEFA Champions League — closing on former teammate Iker Casillas (167) who is the player with the most games in the competition. It would take the mesmerizing winger only two more UCL seasons to make that prestigious caps record his.
If Raul’s successor indeed plays for both club and country until he is 41, imagine how many more trophies he might amass during the next eight years. While the future is yet to unfold, something closer is almost here: Cristiano Ronaldo is 90 or 120 minutes away from breaking clear of legends Clarence Seedorf and Andres Iniesta as the only player to win five UEFA Champions League titles.