Ronaldo reveals his retirement age

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Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the age at which he would like to stop playing professional football. 

With 2022 marking 20 years since Ronaldo made his professional debut for Sporting Lisbon aged just 17-year-old, the Portuguese star has discussed when he plans on ending his trophy-laden footballer career.

Already in the twilight of his stellar career, Ronaldo, 36, was asked whether he can see a limit to his lengthy career, and the five-time Ballon d'Or winner declared that it would not be anytime soon.

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"I feel happy to be a player who has shown who, in my case, longevity has been a crucial factor for me to keep playing at a high level, putting in good performances," he told ESPN.

 "Genetically I feel like I'm 30 years old. I take great care of my body and my mind. Something I've learned recently is that after 33, I believe the body can deliver if you need it, but the real battle is mental. 

"Going through many things with the focus on the end goal of staying at a high level is the hardest thing, and that's what I've been doing for the last few years. I've been working and focusing more on working on my mind. I know my body will handle me because I have a lot of respect for it and I listen to it a lot. 

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"Life has to have important moments, for better or for worse, but when you fall you must have the strength to get up. I'm happy, I want to stay here and see what will happen. 

"I want to find out if I'm going to play until I'm 40, 41, or 42, but the most important thing is that my daily goal is to enjoy the moment." 

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