Ron succeeds in six years
Cristiano Ronaldo plans to play until he is FORTY TWO, write KOSTAS LIANOS.
Ronaldo has been criticized for United’s tumultuous campaign, but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner continues to go strong despite being 36 years old.
The star striker has scored 14 goals and three assists in 22 appearances in all competitions so far this season and has no intention of slowing down any time soon.
The Portugal captain is confident his body can carry on until his forties but insists that ‘the real battle is the spirit’.
Ronaldo, who was among the fittest players at his new club according to tests after he joined United, said ESPN Brasil: “I’m happy to be a player who has proven that, in my case, longevity is an important factor for me to continue to play at a high level, get some good performances.
“Genetics, I feel like I’m 30 years old. I take great care of my body and mind. One thing I’ve learned recently is that after the age of 33, I believe the body can provide if you need it, but the real battle is the spirit.
“Going through a lot of things with a focus on the ultimate goal of staying in top form is the hardest thing, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few years.
“I worked and focused more on working my mind. I know my body will handle me because I respect it so much and I listen to it a lot. ”
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