LISBON – Portugal football phenomenon Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his desire to participate in the Qatar FIFA World Cup this year, and also the UEFA European Championship in 2024.
The 37 years old superstar had been doubted with his opportunity to compete in the World Cup which was held from 21st November to 18th December, as he is having low performance in Manchester United this season.
Ronaldo had played for the Red Devils in eight matches this season, including six matches for English Premier League and two games of Europa League, but most of them appeared as substitution, and could only score a penalty shot during the match against Sheriff in the Europa League group stage.
Media and public are criticising the football legend as being out of his top condition in career, in which his speed, stamina and physical strength had decreased, making him difficult to fight in the top class competitions.
The Fate of CR7
The great CR7 had helped Man United to win many titles during his service from 2003 to 2009, including the EPL champions for three consecutive seasons, an UEFA Champions League title and FIFA Club World Cup.
However, the five times Ballon d’Or winner seems hard to play as the key player again, hence making the public having less confidence in him, to lead the Portugal national team in the Qatar World Cup.
Ronaldo led his country to win the European Championship in 2016, and also the UEFA Nations League title in the 2018/19 season. He had scored 117 goals in the national matches, which is the goal record for a national team player in football history.
“I am Still Fully Motivated”, says Ronaldo
In the Golden Shield Gala which was held in Portugal on Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo had given the award of “Best Scorer of the National Team” at the ceremony, while he had shown his ambition during the speech, to keep fighting for more honours of national competitions.
“It is beyond imagination to be the best scorer ever in the national team. It is a long way, but I’ll say this road is yet to finish, my relationship with the national team will be longer than now.”
“I’d like to thank the Portugal Football Association, what they’re doing is extraordinary. Look at the condition of Portugal football, and our achievement among the senior national team, futsal national team and the women’s national team.”
“I wish to continue to become a part of the national team. I am still fully motivated, and still desire to serve my country. This is a young team with an outstanding future. I’d like to take this chance to announce that I hope to participate in the FIFA World Cup 2022, as well as the European Championship 2024,” Cristiano said at the ceremony.
Ronaldo is highly expected by the public to appear in Qatar this winter, however, it is hard to determine his future for both the club and national team, as he will be aged 39 in 2024.
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