The year is 2016. It is the year of the Rio Olympic Games and the European Championships in France. It is also the year that Cristiano Ronaldo turns 31-years-old.
As a result, attention is starting to turn towards the Portuguese's retirement plans. His agent, Jorge Mendes, has suggested that he could play until he is 40, but by the sounds of it, Ronaldo can't wait to hang up his boots.
Once the Real Madrid superstar does leave the field for the last time, a huge number of clubs will be hoping to bring him in as an inspirational coach for their aspiring stars. Ronaldo has so much in that exceptional brain of his that the next generation would love to know.
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Ronaldo has brought joy to many with his footballing talents, but, equally, the game has given him a route to stardom and a vast fortune that reportedly grows by $80million every year. Surely he is planning to give back to the game that has given him so much. No, he isn't.
Like always, it appears Ronaldo's plans involve one person: Cristiano Ronaldo.
No plans to coach
"If you ask me now if I want to be a coach, I would say no. Nor a sporting director or president of a club," he told Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
"Since I was 27 I have had my own line of clothes and I want my brand to keep growing because football will finish in five, six, seven or 10 years."
Of course, Ronaldo is well aware that he has a job to do and still looks very much determined to do it. The Portugal international has scored 14 goals in 17 appearances this season, including a record-breaking 11 in six Champions League group games.
Money to spend, but no time to spend it
However, the 30-year-old's fortune is burning a hole in his pocket and he grows keener to spend it every day.
"I have a top life, but I think I am going to enjoy it more when I finish my career, when I have time to do what I like," Ronaldo continued.
"This Saturday there is a boxing bout in Las Vegas and I would like to take my friends and family to see it, and I can't because I don't have time.
"I am not going to cry about it now because I am making a sacrifice in inverted commas, but after I want to live like a king."
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