Cristiano Ronaldo on why he wants to play in his 40s as Manchester United player wins Fifa Award

The Red Devils’ No.7 reckons he has ‘four or five’ years left in him.

Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention to stop playing anytime soon after winning two awards at the Best FIFA ceremony on Monday evening.

The Portuguese international was named in the FIFPRO Men’s World11 for 2021 and also received a special achievement award from the governing body.

Ronaldo, who spent the beginning of last year with Juventus before making his sensational return to Manchester United in August, has proven he is still one of the world’s best forwards, despite being 36.

He broke the senior men’s international goalscoring record last year, with a double against Republic of Ireland in September.

The Portugal captain then became football’s highest-ever goalscorer, netting over 800 career goals - this achievement was recognised by FIFA at the ceremony.

What did Ronaldo say?


Speaking after scooping both awards, Ronaldo said: "It is a dream. First of all, I have to say thank you to my teammates in the national team in the last 20 years that I used to play with. The record was 109, right? So six ahead. I am so proud. It is a special award from FIFA — an organisation I respect a lot.

"I also have to thank my family. Soon I will be a father again. I am proud. It is great to be the goalscorer of all-time."

The Red Devils’ no.7 turns 37 next month and doesn’t intend to hang up his boots anytime soon, stating he hopes to continue playing for ‘maybe four or five years’.

"I still have the passion for the game and to score goals,” he said.

“I play football since I was five-years-old. When I go to the pitch, even in training, my motivation is still there. Even [at] 37 soon, I feel good. I keep working hard.


"I love the game and have the passion. I want to continue. I hope to play maybe four or five years, It is all mental. If you treat your body good, when you need it, then it will give back."

Ronaldo is United’s top scorer with 14 goals in 21 appearances this season and was joined by four other Premier League stars in the FIFPRO Men’s World11 for 2021.

He’ll be hoping to add further silverware to his trophy cabinet come the end of the campaign, with the Red Devils in the last 16 of the Champions League and the fourth round of the FA Cup.