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Cristiano Ronaldo sets retirement age after Man Utd star wins yet another award

Cristiano Ronaldo has added to his impressive list of personal trophies after landing the Special Award from FIFA after his incredible goalscoring record for Portugal

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Cristiano Ronaldo has indicated how many years he has left in the tank after picking up another award.

The 36-year-old has had one of the most impressive careers ever in football, winning trophies across Europe with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

Among his achievements include five Champions League trophies, seven league titles and six domestic cups, as well as five Ballon d’Ors.

On Monday night at FIFA’s The Best award ceremony, Ronaldo was presented with the Special Award for his record with Portugal.

He broke the international goal-scoring record with an incredible 115 goals for Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the FIFA Special Best Men’s award on Monday night
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The United frontman surpassed Ali Daei’s total in September last year after scoring a double against the Republic of Ireland, netting twice in the last five minutes to wrestle victory away from the Emerald Isle.

It is an indicator of Ronaldo’s supreme fitness that he is still breaking records at a time when many players would be thinking about hanging up their boots.

But the Portuguese superstar has no immediate plans to call it a day just yet – though he has given some thought on when he will retire.

As one of the few players to attend the FIFA ceremony, Ronaldo was asked about his future.

He said: “The people sometimes ask me how many more years I’m going to play, and I say I hope to play four, five more years. It’s all about mentally.”

Upon winning the Special Award, he added: “It is a dream. First of all, I have to say thank you to my teammates in the national team in the last 20 years that I used to play with.

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the all-time goalscoring record against Republic of Ireland with Portugal

“The record was 109, right? So six ahead. I am so proud. It is a special award from FIFA – an organisation I respect a lot. I also have to thank my family. Soon I will be a father again. I am proud. It is great to be the goalscorer of all time.

“I still have the passion for the game and to score goals. I play football since I was five years old. When I go to the pitch, even in training, my motivation is still there. Even 37 soon, I feel good.

“I keep working hard. I love the game and have the passion. I want to continue. I hope to play maybe four or five years, It is all mental. If you treat your body good, when you need it, it will give back.”

Ronaldo was absent from United’s 2-2 draw against Aston Villa at the weekend but is hopeful to return ahead of the next match against Brentford tomorrow night.

The veteran is the club’s top goalscorer with 14 in all competitions but criticism has been levelled at the forward for not adhering to Ralf Rangnick’s high-press tactics.

There has been speculation that Ronaldo could leave United just a year into his grand return if the Red Devils miss out on a Champions League spot.

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