Ronaldo: I thought I'd be a fisherman

Serie A

Cristiano Ronaldo admits he thought he'd become a fisherman rather than a football superstar when he was growing up in Madeira.

The Juventus forward celebrated his 35th birthday this week and despite his advancing age, there have been no signs of slowing down his goal-scoring exploits this season.

Ronaldo has scored 19 goals in as many Serie A games this season and he admits he didn't expect to enjoy such a glittering career well into his mid-thirties.

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"At 35? I thought I was going to be a fisherman in Madeira," he told Canal11 when asked to reflect on his achievements in the game on his birthday.

"This never came into my mind. I wanted to be a professional football but I didn't think I was going to win everything I've won."

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner went on to heap praise on his current teammates in the Italian top-flight as they remain on course for another domestic title.

"Playing at Juventus gives me the chance to win again. We know that it's difficult and depends on a lot of things but it's possible because we have a good team, you have to go step by step."