End of iconic rivalry? Messi's nemesis Ronaldo hints on retirement
- The Portuguese has admitted he can stop playing football quite soon.
- Cristiano has stated that the 2019/20 might be his last one.
- However, the ex-Real Madrid player didn't rule out playing until he's 41-years-old.
Cristiano Ronaldo spoke with TVI about his career and retirement plans admitting that he might call it a day in a year or so:
"I don't think about that. Maybe I will retire next year. But I can also play up to 40-years-old, or 41-years-old. I don't know, what I always say is to enjoy the moment. The gift [Cristiano's talent on the pitch] is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it."
The Portuguese, of course, continues to see himself as the best football player in the history of the game:
"Are there any soccer players who have more records than me? I don't think there are any footballers who have more records than me."
Curiously, back in June, Leo Messi has admitted that he misses Ronaldo in La Liga where the rivalry between the two players reached its pick:
"There is no battle but a healthy one. Cristiano is a great player and of course he motivates me to be even better," Leo told Fox Sports Argentina.
"Not only La Liga miss Cristiano, but I do also. He made Real Madrid more important."
Both Messi and Ronaldo are nominated for the 2018-2019 Champions League Striker of the Season award. Last season, Messi became both La Liga and Champions League top scorer 36 and 12 goals respectively. As for Ronaldo, he only managed to score 28 goals following his sensational Juventus move.