He has plenty of tread left on his tires, but Cristiano Ronaldo has already started planning for the inevitable end to his remarkable football career. Unfortunately for Manchester United fans hoping he’ll return to Old Trafford, they’re going to be left out their former superstar’s future plans.
In an appearance on La Sexta’s ‘Jugones’ show [per the Metro], Ronaldo indicated that he plans to retire at Real Madrid in spite of the club’s recent hesitance to give him a contract extension when his current deal expires.
‘It’s obvious I want to stay I here. I think I am going to retire at Real Madrid,’ Ronaldo said.
‘Renewal after the Champions League final? Let’s see. Real Madrid would be smart if they extend my contract.’
Ronaldo has 51 goals for Real Madrid this season – 35 in La Liga (2nd) and 16 in the Champions League (1st) – and recently became the Spanish giants’ all-time leading scorer, passing Raul for the distinction.
The Portugal megastar played for Man United from 2003 to 2009 before his then-record £80 million switch to Real Madrid. During that span he won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, Premier League Golden Boot and the Ballon d’Or.