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Cristiano Ronaldo could play at 2016 Olympics

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Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo could star at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

As reported by Goal.com, Portugal Football Association president Fernando Gomes claims that taking the World Player of the year to the Olympics is 'a possibility'. 

Portugal, who confirmed their place at the Games after their Under-21 side secured a place in the semi-final of the European Championships, may well look to their talisman to lead the side in Brazil despite the Real Madrid star looking set to take part in next year's Euro 2016 finals.

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Portugal currently sit in a strong position in their qualifying Group, meaning Ronaldo could face quite the summer next year.

Gomes, then, has admitted that it's something that could happen. When asked about the possibility of Ronaldo featuring in Rio de Janeiro, he responded by saying: "It's a possibility.

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"We can take three players aged over 23. Ronaldo is one of our current options but we have not thought too much about it yet."

It's far from certain, of course, as to whether Ronaldo would consider taking part in the competition, but it's something that may well tempt him as he approaches the latter stages of his career. 

Real unhappy 

The report does, however, go on to suggest that his club Real Madrid wouldn't be too happy with the player featuring in the tournament, especially as it would come directly after Euro 2016. 

Ultimately, then, the forward would return to the Bernabeu for the 2016/17 campaign after an extremely busy summer of football, so would no doubt need some time to recover. 

It's something to consider 

But, you wouldn't really blame Ronaldo if he at least thought about the prospect of lining up at the Games. At the end of the day, it's not everyday you get the opportunity to star for your country at the Olympics, and Ronaldo is clearly intent on achieving greatness in anyway possible. 

And, having failed to secure trophy success with his country, he may well look at the competition as another way to express himself on the global stage. At the end of the day, as well as being one of the best players to have ever played the game, Ronaldo has also become an icon and a brand to so many of his supporters. 

In truth, though, it's surely unlikely: Real certainly wouldn't like it, and even Ronaldo may think this is one step too far, but you certainly wouldn't rule it out just yet.

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