“Why withdraw? I feel like it’s not my time yet. I’m going to withdraw from the national team not when as people think I should, but when I want to, when I feel like I can’t run, dribble, shoot, when I’m done I still have it all, so I want to continue,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports.
Despite being the most international player ever (182 matches) and with the most goals (115) for a national team, the 36-year-old Portuguese forward assured that he still feels motivated to play for Portugal.
“I still feel motivated to make people happy, my family and myself. That’s the most important thing. I want to raise the record even more. I like playing football and I feel good making people happy,” said the international Portuguese, who debuted by the ‘quinas’ team in 2003.
On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo was “very happy” to have returned this season to Manchester United, from where he left in 2009, to spend nine years at Real Madrid and three at Juventus.
“I’m still adapting to everything, the technical team, the language, the football, the Premier League, the game system, the climate. There aren’t many differences. English football is faster than any other league I’ve played in , the players are more honest, the teams don’t have so many fouls. I played six years in the Premier League, I have good memories, but this is a new chapter in my career and I’m still adapting, “he said.
12 years after leaving United, Ronaldo confesses that he remains with “the same will, the same mentality”, but admitted that he has since changed as a player: “At that time, he was more of a winger, faster, dribbled more, now I’m more objective, I keep my legs for the right moments, to kill a game. “
Ronaldo has six goals in eight games for the Red Devils this season, the first two coming on his debut, in a 4-1 victory over Newcastle: “I was very nervous, it felt like a young man making my debut. It was a weird feeling, but it turned out to be a brilliant day. We won and I scored.”
Moreover, on his return to the Old Trafford emblem, which he represents between 2003 and 2009, the Portuguese international striker, who recently scored 801 goals as a football professional, expressed as his ambitions for this season.
“I’m here to help, with my experience, with my way of playing. I hope to win trophies. I’m here to help the club and the players. I love this club. That’s why I came back. to pass. be difficult, but I believe it will be possible. This team has a lot of potential and great players,” he points out.