Ronaldo makes surprising claim in candid Icon interview

Date published: Friday 3rd May 2019 12:02

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants to surprise people and is open to a career in coaching.

Ronaldo, 34, joined Juventus for £99.2million last summer, signing a four-year deal with the Italian champions which will take him to his 37th birthday.

The forward, who has scored 27 goals this season for the Serie A champions, has showed no signs of slowing down and in an interview with Icon, the magazine of El Pais, he said he has intention of retiring just yet and says he ‘s open to a coaching career: “I am always myself, even when I change teams I work hard and humbly to improve myself.

“I set myself to perfection in Juventus, everyone saw that I was not bluffing. I am used to being under pressure for at least ten years, first at Manchester United when I won my first Ballon d’Or and then at Real Madrid when I arrived as the highest paid player in the history of the transfer market: my future as a coach? I don’t rule it out.

“Spanish people treated me well. I wanted to give them a place to work regardless of the problem I had. It’s something I won’t forget anyway. I go ahead with my head up, my life is an open book.

“People in Madrid love me. Real Madrid fans know I’ve given a lot to this club. People stop me in the street and tell me to return to Real, they say: ‘This house is yours’. It’s something that I really like to hear.

“At the same time, people are always ready to judge. Things like: ‘He is done, he is 33, 34, 35…he should retire. But I want to surprise everybody. They see me as a person that should never have problems, that should never be sad because of my money. People think money cancel all the problems.

“People think that if you have the money you haven’t lived certain moments in your life. They are waiting for me to miss a penalty or to play badly in an important game. It’s life and I am prepared for it”.


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