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The incredible Cristiano Ronaldo a few weeks from his 36th birthday, and already 22 goals this season - in pictures

The Juventus and Portugal star hopes to play for 'many, many more years'

Approaching his 36th birthday in February, Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of slowing down - and the stats from another remarkable season show why he keeps going strong.

“I still feel good, sharp and in a good moment in my life,” the Juventus and Portugal star said. “I hope to play many, many years more, but you never know.”

The forward, who already has 22 goals this season, still has another full year on his contract at Juventus, expiring in 2022 when retirement won't be considered.

“If you feel motivated, it doesn’t matter. Cristiano now is good," he said. “When I speak with the young boys, I’m always giving advice to them that I say, ‘enjoy the moment because we never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Something can happen in your life with your family'.”

It's tougher than expected for Juventus this season, with the nine-time defending Serie A champions unusually low in fourth place - seven points behind leaders AC Milan.

They have a break from league football when they play Genoa in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night, with Ronaldo hoping to add to his season's tally.

“My eyes see the future very, very bright,” Ronaldo said. "So, I’m happy with that.”

Happy too that he has won titles with Lisbon club Sporting, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. Winning the European Championship with Portugal in 2016 leaves the World Cup as the only major prize to elude him.

“I win (titles with) every club that I’ve played with,” Ronaldo said. “But (the) World Cup, it’s a dream.”

Published: January 13, 2021 11:55 AM

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