Cristiano Ronaldo will spend two decades defending the Portugal shirt. The Madeira striker is still looking to turn 20 as an international (he will do so on August 20, 2023), but wants to take his career even further. Qatar will not be the last big event for him as he publicly acknowledged at the Quinas de Ouro Gala organized this Tuesday by the Portuguese Football Federation.
The Manchester United attacker was recognized for his contribution to Portuguese football and for a historical merit: the top scorer of all time in international football. Dressed in a striped suit, he made public his next goals with the national team. “It has been a long road, but I take this opportunity to say that my road is not over yet. It will cost them a little more with Cris. I feel motivated, my ambition is big. I am in the national team with many young people and I want to participate in this World Cup and also in the 2024 European Championship. I say it now, ”she assured.
The one in Qatar will be the fifth World Cup of his career where he aspires to surpass or equal his best result, fourth place in Germany 2006 (they lost the semifinal against France and the match for third place against the hosts). The 2024 European Championship would come exactly 20 years after the one in Portugal, his first major tournament with the Portuguese national team. In this they reached the final, but ended up falling to Greece by the minimum. Cristiano was able to redeem himself by being key to winning Portugal’s first international title in 2016 by winning the European Championship in France, making ‘Les Bleus’ suffer what he went through in 2004, as they beat the hosts in the final match.
“I never thought I would make it”
Cristiano Ronaldo passed Iranian Ali Daei as the all-time top scorer in national team football in 2021 and his own federation wanted to recognize this merit. The one from Madeira humbly assumed that he did not expect to exceed the record number.
“It is an honor to receive an award of this magnitude and to be the best scorer in the history of the national team. I never thought it would be achieved. I want to thank everyone who has been important in my career. I am delighted ”, he sentenced in front of several of the most important football personalities in his country.
With a view to continuing to extend that record in Qatar, Cristiano is preparing for a very difficult season at Manchester United. The Portuguese wanted to go out to a Champions team, but he did not succeed, and now he is trying to vindicate himself in the Ten Hag team, in which he is experiencing a difficult start with only one goal in eight games between the League and the Europa League. All the minutes in order to prepare to extend the mark of 117 goals for ‘garnet’ and continue to lead Portugal to the top.