Cristiano Ronaldo signed a whopping new contract extension with Real Madrid on Monday.
The Portuguese winger penned a five-year deal worth £365,000-per-week.
Quite remarkably, the figures involved weren’t the biggest thing to come out of yesterday’s press conference. Instead, it was his admission that he hopes to sign another Madrid contract in the future.
Ronaldo will be 36-years-old when his deal expires in 2021. But he believes he can keep playing at the highest level into his 40s.
“I'd like to end my playing career here, I don't know at what age but I hope that this is not my last contract, I hope to be here for many more years,” he said, per AS.
“What I most want is to continue enjoying the years I have left to play,” he added, via BBC Sport. “I still have 10 years.”
Ronaldo is still banging in the goals
We’re witnessing the effects of father time on Wayne Rooney’s career, but his ex-Manchester United teammate is showing little signs of slowing down.
He scored 51 goals in all competitions last season. That’s pretty much unheard of for a 31-year-old playing at this level.
According to AS, Ronaldo has six major targets to achieve before 2021. You’d be foolish to bet against him completing them all.
1. Score 500 goals
Ronaldo has scored 371 goals for Los Blancos at an average of 52 per season. Should he continue at that rate, he’ll reach 500 midway through the 2018-19 season.
2. Equal Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or tally
Of course Leo Messi would feature somewhere in Ronaldo’s sights. The Barcelona star currently has five Ballon d’Or wins, two more than his Madrid rival.
However, Ronaldo is the favourite to scoop the 2016 award after winning the Champions League and European Championship.
3. Win back-to-back Champions League titles
It’s never been done before. But after winning the tournament last season, Madrid have the chance to create history should they go all the way.
4. Win more La Liga titles
Would you believe us if we said Ronaldo had won just one La Liga titles in his eight seasons in Spain?
Since the forward arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009, Barcelona have been Spanish champions five times.
It shows where Madrid’s priorities lie that they’ve won the Champions League twice in the past three years compared to one domestic title in eight seasons.
5. Win the treble
He’s seen Messi do it. Now Ronaldo wants one of his own historic, triple-trophy seasons to speak of.
The Portugal international has done the double twice in his career, once with Manchester United and once with Los Blancos, but he’s never been able to add that elusive third trophy.
6. More Golden Shoe awards
Ronaldo prides himself on his individual success and so it’s no surprise he wants to add another Golden Shoe to the trophy cabinet.
He’s also got four awards. Clearly, that isn’t enough.
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