The Commander assured that he is not worried about his future and that he only seeks to defend Portugal’s title in this Euro.
The veteran forward of the Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo, faces his fifth Eurocup focused exclusively on his team and willing to play in whatever position he helps the team defend the title he lifted in 2016.
“I have been playing at a high level for 18 years. If I was starting now, at 18 or 19, maybe I wouldn’t sleep thinking about my future. But at 36 years old, what comes next will be for the better, regardless of whether I stay or leave (Juve), that’s not the most important thing now. Now I am focused on the Eurocup ”, declared the Portuguese captain at a press conference.
Ronaldo assured that Portugal is ready for the debut tomorrow before Hungary in Budapest and that the loss at the last minute of the Manchester City side, João Cancelo, due to a positive for coronavirus does not affect the group, which is “focused on the game.”
“We know that we are going to play with a good team, which will have the public in its favor, but the most beautiful thing is to have people in the stadium. We want to enjoy this situation, the team is ready ”, he continued about a meeting with the stands full, with 60,000 fans.
“It is always good to start with a victory, but I sign if they tell me that we lose tomorrow and in the end we win the Eurocup”, Assured the scorer about the clash.
Although no player has participated in five Euro Cups, the Portuguese star thinks more about collective numbers than individual ones: “That record is nice, but the most important is to win the second consecutive European,” he said.
Portugal seeks to defend its status as current European champion with a team that maintains some of the fundamental pieces of that tournament, with the fireproof Cristiano Ronaldo at the top, the defenders Pepe and José Fonte or the talented midfielder Joao Moutinho.
When comparing the Portugal 2016 and the current one, Ronaldo stressed that this team is younger and has enormous potential, but that only by playing will they be able to demonstrate their true level and aspirations.
“On a personal level, I am not the same player I was 18 years ago, ten or five years ago. The most important thing about a soccer player is to adapt. Now I am more mature. If a player wants to play for many years, he needs to know how to adapt. And the numbers speak for themselves from 18 to 36 “, he valued about his changes in that time.
Finally, the forward explained that he can adapt to playing in any position of the attack and that he will do it where it is best for the team of Fernando Santos.
“For me the place is not the important thing. The important thing is that the team wins. Any place is good, the important thing is to win and help the team,” he concluded.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 104 goals for his national team and in international football he is only surpassed by Iranian Ali Daei with 109 goals.
The Portuguese striker beat the European record of 84 goals for Ferenc Puskás during the 2018 World Cup, and tomorrow he will have a chance to expand his statistics at the stadium named after the Hungarian legend who also played for the Spanish national team.