Cristiano Ronaldo is aiming for Euro 2024 since he wants to continue his international career. "The journey is not done yet"
Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of Portugal, has stated that he plans to compete at Euro 2024 and would not stop serving his country after the World Cup.
The Manchester United forward, who became the top men's international goal scorer in September with 109 goals, claimed the "journey is not finished yet" for him when speaking at a gala organized by the Portuguese Football Federation on Tuesday.
Ronaldo remarked, "I am honored to win an award of this stature.
"I never imagined that I would succeed at it. I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported me professionally. Although my journey has been long, I would like to emphasize that it is not yet complete. You'll need to shoulder a little bit more of Cris' burden."
The 37-year-old Ronaldo has outscored former Iran striker Ali Daei with 117 goals in 189 international matches since making his debut for Portugal in 2003.
Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, led Portugal to victory at Euro 2016 and the 2019 Nations League.
I expect to remain a member of the Federation for a number of more years, he continued. "I'm still motivated, and I have big goals. I work with young people on a team. I'm going to presume that I want to participate in both the European Championship and this World Cup."
Ronaldo was delighted to add another trophy to his collection as he received a standing ovation. Ronaldo was selected in Portugal's most recent squad for the forthcoming Nations League games against the Czech Republic and Spain.
I'm pleased," he declared. "I previously missed out on a prize.
"I see guys I played with and who I'm going to play with with pride."
The former Real Madrid and Juventus forward then made a joke about how long his career had been. "You played with everyone, till you became a cadaver," Diogo [Dalot, a United and Portugal teammate] even laughs with me, and it's true," he remarked as he smiled.
Ronaldo's teammate at United, Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes, has urged him to keep setting records for Portugal after the World Cup, which starts in Qatar in November.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Fernandes said, "Whoever could imagine that he didn't want to be at the European Championship doesn't know him.
"We are well aware of the perseverance, style, and desire he has displayed throughout the years. It's nothing new. Cristiano's desire to accomplish feats that no one else has ever done is well known. He will always be given the same weight. The best player in the world will keep overcoming obstacles that others cannot."
Ronaldo was included on the 30-person list of Ballon d'Or nominees last month. He scored 24 goals in 38 games for United in all competitions last season.
Last week, in a 2-0 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League, Ronaldo scored his first goal in a goalless streak from the penalty spot. It was the 699th goal of his club career and his first in eight games this year.