Ronaldo says he is not planning to retire after World Cup, but insists he will end his international career soon
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he is not planning to retire from international football after the World Cup in Russia, though he has admitted the pressure on his shoulders is getting to him.
Having scored twice in Portugal’s opening group game against Belgium, the 25-year-old said: “This is all new to me.
“I have never been in a World Cup before. It is different from the national team.
“It is a bigger moment for me.
“Of course I want to play in two more World Cups, but at least I have started.”
Ronaldo missed the defeat to Portugal because of injury, before being forced to train in a full-time capacity following his two-goal performance in Brazil.
But he is now hopeful the World Cup means he may be given a second chance next summer, when he is expected to face England in the first knockout stages.
Ronaldo said: “Of course the World Cup is an important moment for me. Hopefully I can be in the next World Cup.
“I always hear people saying ‘why don’t you retire? Why don’t you retire? You retire, what about the World Cup then?’
“They don’t understand. I have been around the world. I have been to Mexico and every tournament in the European Championship. In that situation they say ‘what are you doing?’”
Ronaldo has also hinted that he may not retire from national duty for another few years.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid, with Manchester United reportedly leading the race for the player.
Speaking after Portugal’s draw against Belgium, Ronaldo said: “I am sure I will be happy at Real Madrid.
“I have always liked Madrid. But I do not know what will happen in the next few weeks.
“It is the start of the season. I am happy in Portugal, it is