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Cristiano Ronaldo drop hint of possible retirement next year

Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested he could pull the curtain on his prodigious career at the end of this season.

The 34-year-old recently penned a lucrative four-year deal with Juventus after helping them to the Serie A title in his first full season at the club last term. However, Ronaldo has refused to rule out hanging up his boots next year despite admitting he is in the shape to continue performing at the highest level for plenty more years to come.

He told Portugal TV station TV1: ‘I don’t think about that (retirement). ‘Maybe I can leave my career next year … but I can also play up to 40 or 41. ‘I don’t know. What I always say is to enjoy the moment.

The gift is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it.’ Ronaldo finished as Juve’s top scorer last season with 21 goals in the league as they ran clear of Napoli to claim their eighth successive title.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has now won domestic titles in three different countries and is among the most decorated players in the game. Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, is virtually unrivalled in terms of what he has achieved in the game and he is convinced no one is on his level – not even Lionel Messi. He added: ‘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.’

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