The star of the Portuguese selection Cristiano Ronaldo said on Wednesday that he was aiming “even further”, after having reached a new record on Saturday by crossing the mark of 850 goals in his career with his club Al-Nassr.
“I want more,” said the player during a press conference before training with his teammates in the Oeiras base camp, on the outskirts of Lisbon, to prepare for the upcoming qualifying matches at the 'Euro-2024. “As long as I play, I want to set the bar very high, I have to think big,” added the 38-year-old.
“CR7”, who now plays for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia, also reached his 200th international selection last June by scoring the only goal in Portugal's victory against Iceland (1-0), which allowed the Seleçao to maintain its lead at the top of Group J in qualifying for Euro-2024.
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Portugal will face Slovakia in Bratislava on Friday and then Luxembourg three days later at the Algarve stadium in southern Portugal. "I want to win both games. If we win we will be practically qualified, ”launched the five-time Ballon d'Or.
Asked about his rivalry with Argentinian Lionel Messi, world champion and favorite to land an eighth Ballon d'Or, Ronaldo replied that they liked and "respected each other". He believes he 'changed the history of football' with the former Barcelona star.
The player, who is celebrating his 20th birthday this year, says he is “proud” to have achieved this “longevity” but without wanting to project himself too long term.
“I want to continue, because I feel good and useful” but “anything can happen”, he explained before adding that for the moment he wanted to “enjoy the moment” and set the objective of “ make an excellent Euro.