Cristiano Ronaldo hints at retirement

Sports biggest icon Cristiano Ronaldo may leave the field as early as next year. The Portugal and Juventus striker has hinted that he might hang his boots well before completing his four year contract with the Serie A club.

His £ 156 million ($ 121 mn) deal with Juventus runs till 2022. But the five-time Ballon D’or winner has confessed that he may call it a day sooner than expected even though he can still play up to 40 or 41, the 34-year-old striker has revealed.

Answering a question about his retirement plans, the star striker has told TV1: “I don’t think about that. Maybe I can leave my career next year … but I can also play up to 40 or 41.

“I don’t know. What I always say is to enjoy the moment. The gift is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it,” has quoted excerpts from the interview.

In guiding Juventus to the Serie A title last year, Ronaldo has been the top scorer in the league with 21 goals. He enjoys the rare distinction of winning the Premier Leauge, La Liga and Serie A titles.

He takes pride in his performance. “Are there any soccer players who have more records than me?,” asks Ronaldo. “I don’t think there are any footballers who have more records than me.”

On the commercial scale though, Leonel Messi has emerged at the top of the Forbes highest-paid athletes list with $127 million annual earning’s to second placed Ronaldo’s $109 million.