Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo confident of sustaining form at highest level
Posted: 8 February 2018 Time: 11:15
Real Madrid attacking talisman Cristiano Ronaldo believes he can maintain his status as a world-class forward for 'years to come', despite his recent dip in form.
Ronaldo, 33, has netted 20 goals in 27 games across all competitions this season but has been subject to scathing criticism for his level of performances in La Liga.
With a return of eight goals in 17 league outings, Los Blancos find themselves 19 points off leaders Barcelona, which has seen the pressure intensify on the club's record goalscorer.
However, Ronaldo feels the criticism is unwarranted and he still has plenty to offer at the highest level of European football.
"On a personal level, this is a fantastic time for me," he told GQ magazine. "I have a growing family and I am very happy with my life.
"On a professional level, I have had two very good years in which I have won titles with my club and with my national team. I feel that I can keep going at the highest level for years to come.
"To maintain this level, you need to make sacrifices. There are certain things that I could do when I was 20 that I can't do today," Ronaldo added.
"You have to try and find a balance. It's the finer details that make a difference."