Man Utd striker Ronaldo: I'm here due to personal sacrifices

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo says retirement far from his mind.

Ronaldo turns 37 on February 5 but shows no sign of slowing down.

On Monday night at FIFA’s The Best award ceremony, Ronaldo was presented with the Special Award for his goalscoring feats with Portugal where he broke the international record with an incredible 115 goals so far.

“The people sometimes ask me how many more years I’m going to play, and I say I hope to play four, five more years. It’s all about mentality,” he said.

“I still have the passion for the game and to score goals. I play football since I was five years old. When I go to the pitch, even in training, my motivation is still there. Even 37 soon, I feel good.

“I keep working hard. I love the game and have the passion. I want to continue. I hope to play maybe four or five years, It is all mental. If you treat your body good, when you need it, it will give back.”

When asked about what has led him to this sustained success over two decades, Ronaldo put it all down to one thing.

“You have to sacrifice as without sacrifice you achieve nothing,” he stated.

“I started playing at the top level at 18 and I’ve been at the top of the game for 15-16 years.

“It’s my dedication, my passion, my ambition to be working hard all the time.

“This is why I continue to be at the top of the world in terms of performance, trophies, goals, records. I will continue.”

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