Giorgio Chiellini's answer when asked if Cristiano Ronaldo can play until he's 40

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There's no two ways about it, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest to ever play the 'beautiful game.'

Thousands of football fans would even argue that the 33-year-old is truly the number one, even if his rival Lionel Messi and past legends like Pele will always be part of the conversation.

One of the biggest arguments for Ronaldo as the GOAT (greatest of all time) is the fact he can do almost everything and is arguably the most complete player in history.

Although there's certainly a strong argument for Messi, even his staunchest of supporters would concede with Ronaldo has the better physicality and prowess in the air.

Obviously, that's far from the crutch of the debate but is a fine example of the work-rate that makes Ronaldo such an incredible role model for aspiring footballers.

Ronaldo's incredible work ethic

The Portuguese wasn't necessarily the most talented player in the world, yet showed an unbelievable work ethic to achieve his vision of winning Ballon d'Or titles.

What's incredible, too, is that Ronaldo has arguably managed to improve as he's aged, whereas players of a similar mileage have began to stagnate.

It's even raised suggestions that the Juventus man could continue playing until his 40th birthday, a hypothesis given some credence by his teammate Giorgio Chiellini. 


Chiellini's verdict on Ronaldo

In a recent interview with Tuttosport, the Italian explained why Ronaldo is simply unstoppable when it comes to his determination and all from firsthand knowledge.

“Can we play until 40? Yes, although I don’t think I will," Chiellini answered.

“It’s not so much that he comes first to training to make a difference, but rather it’s the way he works: he pushes you to improve yourself.

“On top of that, he’s smart: he arrived in a different league and country but immediately tried to understand the dynamics of the city and integrate.

“He’ll be back for his national team and he’ll be able to play even more than me: I have to manage myself.”

Spot on, Giorgio.

And for all the reasons Ronaldo is one of the greatest, it's his incredible drive to become number one that should be considered the source of all his success.

There were certainly questions raised when Ronaldo took the decision to sign for Juventus, but he's already proving people wrong with goals and records galore.


As Chellini has explained, too, a lot of that is down to Ronaldo's thirst to understand Serie A and also to harness the mentality of his hungry, younger self.

Even by Ronaldo's incredibly high standards, though, pushing on for another seven years would be a serious challenge and especially when Juventus has been decided as his final club.

If Ronaldo is continuing to deliver goals consistently at the highest level in 2025, there will truly have been nobody like him.

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