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Cristiano Ronaldo is 35 years old – how long can he continue?

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Every year, this question is asked, and Ronaldo keeps on proving his doubters wrong.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the definition of a ruthless athlete whose determination and relentless hunger to succeed has seen him boss the game at an age when other footballers decline.

His age is increasing, but his impact and abilities are intact. He is still causing havoc in the beautiful game of football; there are little signs to show that Ronaldo ability to play in the top-level is going to diminish any time soon. You can still make bets on Ronaldo and other bets on CasinoKokemus and rest assured to win big.

If you are expecting Ronaldo to decline this coming season, you are on the wrong side of reality. However, at age 35, he is going to decline soon and not be able to play at the top level for long. How many years can one of football most outstanding achievers still give to us? Two? Three? Five?

 Ronaldo’s Wish

Let us hear the opinion of the man himself. In 20017, Ronaldo said he wanted to play till he was 35, 41 or 45. In 2007, Ronaldo was 32 years of age. As of today, he is 35 years of age and still bossing the beautiful game of football. So clearly 35 years is out of it.

41? 45? No doubt he can play till he is either 41 or 45, the question is, will he remain one of the hottest footballers in the world?

Paolo Maldini played that long at the highest level for AC Milan, Ronaldo can as well. 

Ronaldo’s Statistics

Ronaldo has been on hot form in his 30s. Here is a rundown of Ronaldo statistics since he clocked the 30-year mark till now.

  • Thirty years: 2014-2015 season with Real Madrid – 54 appearances, 61 goals
  • Thirty-one years 2015-2016 season with Real Madrid – 48 appearances, 51 goals
  • Thirty-two years: 2016 – 2017 season with Real Madrid –  46 appearances, 42 goals
  • Thirty-three years: 2017 – 2018 season with Real Madrid – 44 appearances, 44 goals
  • Thirty-four years: 2018 – 2019 season with Juventus – 43 appearances, 28 goals
  • Thirty-five years: 2019 – 2020 season with Juventus  – 46 appearances, 37 goals

From the above statistics of Ronaldo’s last six seasons, he is not slowing down any time soon.

Can Ronaldo play for another six seasons at the top?

Ronaldo is a remarkable athlete, blessed with footballing skills and outstanding hard work and dedication. He is in the top two greatest footballers still actively playing football; the other is Lionel Messi.

Here are two reasons why Ronaldo will still be among the top footballers in the earth for another six seasons.

1. Rivalry with Messi

There are very few rivalries as intense as the Ronaldo-Messi own. The rivalry has divided footballing fans into two armies – one set who consider Ronaldo their “GOAT” player – Greatest Of All Time, and another set who consider Messi their “GOAT” player.

Since 2007, the duo (Ronaldo and Messi) have made it to the top three FIFA World Best Player and Ballon D’Or awards yearly. Since 2008, the prize has gone to either Messi or Ronaldo.

So far, Messi edges Ronaldo for the most Ballon D’ Or award wins with six. The never-ending rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is one of the strongest motivations for Ronaldo to remain a top player for that long.

Lionel Messi is younger with two years, and if Ronaldo retires soon, Messi will edge him with superior individual records. Ronaldo’s hunger and passion to be the best won’t let him retire. According to Ronaldo, there is a healthy rivalry between the two, but it is a rivalry and Ronaldo will want to emerge supreme.

The rivalry has no doubt made both of them better players. It is the medicine Ronaldo needs to continue playing until he is 41.

2. Mindblowing Fitness Levels

Ronaldo is serious with his fitness; he does everything to ensure he is always at peak conditions. Training at his club’s training ground is not enough; he has his fitness coach and fitness program he follows at home.

His fitness regime concentrates on his speed, movement, strength and endurance. He does a lot of cardiovascular training exercises that have significantly boosted his fitness levels. In a medical report done at the Juventus medical centre, Ronaldo’s fitness level and body was equal to that of a 20-year-old athlete!

He is usually the first to arrive at the training ground and the last to leave. Many fans believe that Ronaldo’s explosive speed is not what it was in the past due to ageing; this is not accurate. He still clocks a top speed of around 35km/h, impressive for a 35-year-old. He may not be the pacy winger he was at Manchester United, but he is no doubt one of the best goal-scoring ‘machines’ in the world.

How long can Ronaldo play?

Ronaldo still has many seasons at the top; he can still play at top level till he is 41. His fitness levels are insane, and he rarely gets injured. Ronaldo is determined to play for as long as he wants, and nothing is stopping him for playing for many seasons even at age 35.

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