Cristiano Ronaldo already knows the exact date he will be retiring from the Portugal National Team and what an incredible run of career it is from the star forward. From the day Cristiano made his Portugal debut as a teenager, it has been clear that he was going to be a legend.
CR7’s Portugal National Team Journey
The story of Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal started at the 2004 Euros in Portugal. His nation hosted the tournament and had Ronaldo, who is barely starting his career at Manchester United in their squad.
At that time, Portugal still has legendary players like Luis Figo in their team, one of whom laid the biggest example for Ronaldo to follow as a youngster. Over the years, Ronaldo has seen a lot of achievements come his way, which are proof that he was destined for big things. In the Euro 2004, Portugal made it to the finals before eventually losing to Greece on their home soil. The Selecao would have a fine run in the 2006 World Cup but were eliminated in the semifinals by Zinedine Zidane’s France.
After debuting in the World Cup tournament in 2006, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone to play in another three World Cups, but his side was unable to get far in the competition. Ronaldo continued to improve and became more phenomenal for his national team as he turned veteran. He equally enjoyed his biggest international success so far as a seasoned veteran.
Ronaldo’s Time With Portugal National Team Coming To An End
A month ago, Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational free-kick goal against Sweden in a UEFA Nations League fixture helped him become the first European player to reach 100 international goals for his country. To prove how better Ronaldo has become with age, more than half of his 100 goals for Portugal had come after he turned 30 years old. Specifically, the Portugal captain scored 52 goals in just 49 games since after turning 30 years of age. Ronaldo equally has some trophies to show for his effort with his Portugal national team, winning UEFA Euro in 2016 and the UEFA Nations League first edition in 2019.
Despite being 35 years old already, we’re positive Cristiano Ronaldo still has at least two more major tournaments to share with his country and the rest of the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals World Cup 2022 Would Be His Last
Cristiano Ronaldo, in an unreleased interview with SportBible, has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup would be his last with the Portugal national team. What a better way to end a brilliant footballing career? Meanwhile, with the most recent generation of Portuguese players, Cristiano has the chance to win the tournament that eludes him in his career.
Moreover, going by age and everything both Ronaldo and Messi have contributed to world football, it is natural to say the superstars play their last World Cup in 2022. With age no longer on their sides, the pair will have one last shot at winning the only major title that eludes them for two decades.
What an eye-catching game it would be if both Ronaldo and Messi reached the World Cup 2022 final, which says that at least one has to go home with the trophy. It would simply be the settlement of who is the GOAT between the two.
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