Ronaldo says he does not plan to retire after the World Cup

Ronaldo says he does not plan to retire after the World Cup

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — This year’s World Cup apparently won’t be the end for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 37-year-old Portugal star said he is not considering retiring from international football in December after the tournament in Qatar, and plans to play at Euro 2024.

“I am still motivated. My ambition is really high,” Ronaldo said at an event on Tuesday night after being recognized by the Portuguese soccer federation for his goalscoring feats. “I am in a team with many young people. I want to be in the World Cup and in the European Championship. I want to make that commitment now.”

Earlier this year, Ronaldo had already dismissed talk of his retirement when asked if the World Cup in Qatar would be his last.

The striker has had problems at Manchester United and has not been the undisputed starter for the English club.

Ronaldo will enter the World Cup with the all-time men’s record of 117 international goals.

He is preparing with Portugal for Nations League matches in the Czech Republic on Saturday and against Spain at home three days later.

Winner of the inaugural edition of the Nations League in 2019, Portugal is one point behind Spain entering the last two games. Only group winners will advance to the Final Four.

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