Cristiano Ronaldo wants to try his hand at a career in acting, once his days on a football pitch have come to an end.
Despite turning 35 in February of next year, the Portuguese icon looks far from being done with his playing career, having already notched 12 times in all competitions this season.
Whilst certainly a slight decline from his usual unbelievable heights – Ronaldo bagged 44 times in his final season in Madrid – his totals are still more than competitive with some of the finest strikers in the world.
Ronaldo himself has also frequently spoken of his desire to keep playing into his forties, but he has now revealed what his intentions are, when he is eventually forced to hang up his boots.
Speaking at the Dubai International Sports Conference, via Spanish magazine AS, the Juventus striker spoke on his aims for the future.
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“Several years ago, the age of playing football was until 30 or 32, but now you find those who are 40-years-old playing on the field.
“The moment my body is no longer responding in the right way on the field, then it will be the time to leave. I aspire to continue my studies after retiring from football.
“One of the things that I seek to challenge myself in, for example, is acting in a movie.
“I hope I live more than 50 years to learn new things and face different challenges and try to find solutions for them.”
Whilst never having acted in a film to date, the legendary forward would certainly be no stranger to the camera, having been one of the most famous athletes in the world for the past decade.
Given his amazing knack at re-inventing himself on a football pitch, and remaining at the highest level whilst those around him fell away, it also wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see Ronaldo succeed in a drastically different industry.
A skilful and tricky winger as a teenager, Ronaldo evolved to become a goal-scoring winger and set-piece specialist, before changing again in the last five or six years to become one of the most lethal strikers the world has ever seen.
The former Sporting Lisbon trainee has also coached himself across his career to become one of the greatest headers of a ball in European football, with his ability to hang in the air for an uncanny amount of time the stuff of near-legends already.
Whatever Ronaldo turns his hand to in his latter years, you wouldn’t bet against him succeeding.