CRISTIANO RONALDO has expressed his ambition to lead Portugal to Euro 2024 glory while earning a top honor for his country.
The 37-year-old forward had to be relegated to the Manchester United bench for most of his Premier League season under Erik ten Hag.
After failing to leave Old Trafford in the summer, Ronaldo returned late to pre-season training, resulting in his being called up as a substitute for the opening day loss to Brighton.
He returned to the starting XI the following week but he and his team-mates were humiliated as they were beaten 4-0 at Brentford.
The veteran was then relegated to the bench and that coincided with United going on a four-game winning streak in the top flight.
However, things are looking up for the veteran as he scored his first goal of the season for United in last week’s Europa League win at Sheriff.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has already stated he wants to play into his 40s, is now on international duty with Portugal and preparing for the Nations League clashes against the Czech Republic and Spain.
And Ronaldo, who has scored a record 117 goals in his 189 caps for his country, has now announced his ambition to carry them on after this winter’s World Cup in Qatar until Euro 2024, when he will be 39.
After receiving the Quinas de Ouro trophy last night, he said: “I hope to be part of the Federation for a few more years. I still feel motivated, my ambition is high.
“My path in the national team is not over yet. We have a lot of good youngsters. I will be at the World Cup and I want to be at the European Championship.”
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And on his recent award as the best player in his country, he added: “I’m proud to receive an award of this magnitude.
“I never thought that one day I would be able to achieve this.
“Thank you to everyone who has been important in my career. It’s been a long journey, but I want to say that my journey isn’t over yet. take some more load from ‘Cris’.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6267840/cristiano-ronaldo-portugal-euro-2024-award/ ‘My road isn’t over yet’ – Cristiano Ronaldo aims for Euro 2024 as Man Utd star accepts award as Portugal’s top scorer