Ronaldo Not Ready To Call It Quits With The National Team As He Eyes A Spot At EURO 2024

Written By Jacobs Dunga

The veteran is not done yet as he eyes playing for his country beyond the World Cup and into the next EUROS.

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Cristiano Ronaldo at an award ceremony on Tuesday was presented with the honour of being his country’s top scorer.


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The 37 year old made his debut for the national team in 2003 in a friendly encounter against Kazakhstan and has gone on to play another 188 games while scoring 117 times.

The Manchester United and Real Madrid legend is being regarded as one of the best players in history for his achievements and longevity.

By August 2023, the five time Ballon d’Or winner would have been playing for twenty years in the Portuguese national team of which he has captained since 2008.

Despite his legacies with the team, the Manchester United forward is not done yet as he aims to go as far as the next EUROS in 2024.

After being awarded a trophy last night at the Quinas de Ouro awards, he said: “I hope to be a part of the Federation for a few more years. I still feel motivated, my ambition is high.

“My path in the national team is not over. We have many quality youngsters. I will be at the World Cup and I want to be at the European.”

He also expressed his joy at being honoured with such top award by his country. “I am proud to receive an award of this magnitude. 

“I never thought that one day I could achieve it.

“I thank everyone who was important in my career. It has been a long road, but I would like to say that my road is not over yet. take a little more load from ‘Cris’.”

Ronaldo is in camp with the rest of the Portuguese squad as they gear up for their Nations League games against Czech Republic and Spain.

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Manchester United stand in captain Bruno Fernandes has rubbished talks that the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester has contributed to his drop in form.

The Portuguese midfielder has scored a mere eight goals and provided seven assists in his last appearances in the league but has downplayed Ronaldo’s presence as his biggest undoing.

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Ronaldo on the other hand has been prolific for the Old Trafford landlords scoring 24 goals in all competitions last term.

Fernandes believes the reduced numbers is as a result of his own poor form and not Cristiano’s presence in the team.

“Most of my assists last season were for him, so I don’t think (it is fair).

“I just had a poor season in terms of my own numbers. I don’t think it is about Cristiano.

Ronaldo has also taken over penalty duties which was formerly assigned to Bruno but after two consecutive misses, the forward has been promoted to the position of first taker.

“Before he came I was taking the penalties but I had two chances to take them last season and I missed both. So I cannot blame Cristiano for taking penalties, especially when he scores them.

“When I missed against Arsenal in April, it was him who gave me the ball and said, ‘Go yourself and score’. I missed but I felt that he trusted me to be the one to step up in the big moment.

“So I don’t think it is because of Cristiano, it is because I didn’t do the best in myself in some moments to get goals or assists. In the national team I play with him and when I score, he is on the pitch.”

Fernandes also spoke on the advantage of playing with Ronaldo as he referenced a game against Macedonia during the World Cup playoffs. “To play with Cristiano as a No 10 is actually really good because players respect him so much that it creates more space, as the opponents are afraid of him taking the ball and scoring.

“They want to mark him and they create an overload where he is to mark him.

“When I scored two goals against North Macedonia (in March’s World Cup play-off), one was from his assist and the other was from his run, which created the space behind him for me to score.

“I played the last four Premier League games without Cristiano starting and I scored only one goal. So it is not because of Cristiano. Sometimes it goes in a bad way and sometimes a better way.”

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