Now that Cristiano Ronaldo has turned 30, people are beginning to look to the future and what it may hold for one of the best soccer players in the history of the sport.
And it turns out that the Portuguese forward has been thinking just as hard about it too, explaining that he’s already decided that he doesn’t want to be a manager or a coach when he retires from playing. Instead, he wants to live like a king.
Cristiano Ronaldo made this admission while speaking to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, via Sky Sports, during which he admitted that soccer doesn’t always really interest him.
The 30-year-old Real Madrid forward rather candidly confessed that, while he is rather happy with his life so far, he believes that he’s going to enjoy it even more when his playing career is over.
“I have a top life, but I think I am going to enjoy it more when I finish my career, when I have time to do what I like,” Cristiano Ronaldo admitted to the publication. “This Saturday there is a boxing bout in Las Vegas, and I would like to take my friends and family to see it, and I can’t because I don’t have time.”
He then added, “I am not going to cry about it now because I am making a sacrifice in inverted commas, but after I want to live like a king.”
The question was then asked whether Cristiano Ronaldo would ever consider becoming a coach in the future, which the three-time Ballon d’Or winner admitted he doesn’t actually see happening.
“If you ask me now if I want to be a coach, I would say no,” Ronaldo confessed. “Nor a sporting director or a president of a club.” But where does Ronaldo see his future then? Well, he insisted that he wants to build his brand even further.
“Since I was 27 I have had my own line of clothes and I want my brand to keep growing because football will finish in five, six, seven, or 10 years,” Ronaldo remarked.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo also admitted to making mistakes, but doesn’t believe that his alleged arrogance — something that has blighted his reputation throughout his career — is one of them. Instead, he insists that this is one of the reasons for his success as a player, as well as why he has managed to win so many accolades during an illustrious career that has seen him play for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, and Real Madrid so far.
“May people say they don’t regret anything. That’s a lie,” Ronaldo added. “I at least regret things a lot, but that also explains the kind of person you are. I am like this. If all I have achieved in football is by being like this then you can’t ask me to change. If people ask me to improve, I accept it, but to change is very difficult.”
Cristiano Ronaldo played for Real Madrid on Sunday evening, where they dropped two further points in their title pursuit. Ronaldo failed to score, instead providing an assist for Karim Benzema to put Real Madrid ahead. Dani Parejo equalised for Valencia, but Gareth Bale looked to have secured all three points for 10-man Madrid when he scored with just eight minutes left. But Paco Alcacer headed home another equalizer just a couple seconds later to leave Real Madrid four points behind table toppers Atletico Madrid.
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