Cristiano Ronaldo shuts down any talk of potential retirement


‘If I feel like playing more, I will. I’m the boss!’: Cristiano Ronaldo shuts down any talk of retirement as the Man Untied star prepares to lead Portugal’s bid to reach the Qatar World Cup in their play-off with North Macedonia

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has shut down talk of retirement ahead of Portugal’s play-off
  • Ronaldo and Co take on North Macedonia in a bid to reach the Qatar World Cup
  • The Man United star has insisted: ‘If I feel like playing more, I will. I’m the boss.’
  • He also called for the national anthem to be muted to create a fiery atmosphere 

Cristiano Ronaldo prepared for Portugal’s World Cup play-off by dismissing talk of retirement and calling on his nation to unite in one voice to end North Macedonia’s fairytale.

‘Who will decide my future will be me,’ said the 37-year-old as he attempts to emulate a select band of footballers who have played in five World Cup tournaments.

‘If I feel like playing more, I will. I’m the boss, end of story.’

With 185 caps and a world-record 115 goals, Ronaldo embodies the Portugal team. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo prepared for Portugal’s World Cup play-off by dismissing talk of retirement

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After North Macedonia stunned Italy with a 1-0 win in their play-off semi-final last week, the country’s president Stevo Pendarovski tweeted: ‘Get ready Cristiano, you are next.’

Ronaldo responded: ‘Macedonia surprised everyone but they will not surprise us. Portugal will be better and go to the World Cup.’

With a full house expected in Porto on Tuesday night, he called on fans to display their passion as they did before the 3-1 victory over Turkey.

‘I would like to sing our national anthem without music,’ Ronaldo said. ‘If they are like they were on Thursday I’m sure we will win.’

Asked if this was North Macedonia’s ‘game of their lives’, Portugal boss Fernando Santos replied: ‘It’s also the game of our lives. We need to match their determination, aggression, spirit and desire.’

With a full house expected in Porto on Tuesday night, he called on fans to display their passion

With a full house expected in Porto on Tuesday night, he called on fans to display their passion

No one will be more determined than North Macedonia's former Leeds cult hero Ezgjan Alioski

No one will be more determined than North Macedonia’s former Leeds cult hero Ezgjan Alioski

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No one will be more determined than North Macedonia’s former Leeds United cult hero Ezgjan Alioski. 

He was known for his unpredictability during four years at Elland Road and liked to shake the retractable tunnels before games and once squared up to team-mate Pontus Jansson during a goal celebration.

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The 30-year-old left back put in a superb display against Italy on Thursday and is buoyed for Tuesday night’s play-off.

‘Ronaldo is a great player who has been playing at the highest level for almost 20 years,’ said Alioski.

‘We don’t want to ruin his career with an absence from the World Cup, but we really want to fulfil our dream. We all believe that we can do in Portugal what we did in Italy.’



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