Cristiano Ronaldo makes prediction about his retirement

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Cristiano Ronaldo added another individual award to his ever-growing collection on Thursday after being crowned the Best Player in Europe for the second time.

The Real Madrid superstar has enjoyed a terrific 2016 so far. A Champions League triumph was followed up with victory at Euro 2016 with his nation Portugal.

So just when critics were beginning to question whether Ronaldo was starting to wane in 2015, he has responded emphatically and despite now being aged 31 has no desire to let up any time soon.

After picking up his latest accolade, he reiterated his stance on his future and humorously predicted when he might retire.

As quoted by Goal, Ronaldo said: "I'm at the best club in the world and I want to retire here, at 41.

"I want to retire at Real Madrid because it's the best club in the world. My objective is to extend my contract and stay at the club I love.

"I want to keep playing at this level and I’ll work hard to achieve it, just like I do every year. I hope I can win more titles. I’m proud of the European Cup and the Euros, I cried both times."

Well, at least we assume he is joking.

It has been 14 years since he made his senior debut for Sporting Lisbon and he has very rarely missed a match since. Although Ronaldo keeps himself in impeccably good shape, surely the amount of matches he has played will catch up with him before he reaches 41.

The average retirement age for a footballer these days is 35-years-old so if the Portugal captain does indeed have ambitions to extend his career beyond that point, he will have to look after his body better than ever.

After seeing Gareth Bale sign a new deal with Madrid, Ronaldo will be equally keen to sort out his future.

He still has two years left to run on his current deal but Bernabeu officials are reportedly set to agree and announce a new contract extension for their No.7 in September.

In the immediate future, the former Manchester United star needs to focus on getting himself back up to match fitness after missing Madrid's opening game of the season with the knee injury he picked up in the Euro 2016 final.

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