Cristiano Ronaldo claims he could happily end his footballing career now after reaching all of his individual goals.
Contractual disputes with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sparked speculation in January that the Portuguese star would leave the La Liga giants at the end of 2017-18, potentially for a return to Manchester United.
Although Ronaldo’s attacking output has drastically improved across February, with an amazing list of individual awards and records, the now 33-year-old says he would be content to finish his time on the pitch.
“I never dreamed I would win five Ballon d’Or awards. If I had to finish my career now I would do so super happy. I have won everything,” he said in an interview with Brazilian outlet Central Desimpedidos.
“If I win another one, two or three Ballon d’Ors then I will be delighted, but if not I already won five.”
“Sincerely I don’t think I have any [more targets]…I achieved everything I dreamed of in football. I really think I have achieved so many nice things that I don’t have any more dreams.
“But if you ask me if I want to keep winning of course I do. Obviously I would love to win the World Cup. But if my career ended now I would be very proud. I never thought my career was going to be so nice.”
Ronaldo will undoubtedly still draw the eyes of world football fans in this year’s World Cup, however, he did not want to exaggerate Portugal’s chances of success on the grand stage.
“We are not the favourites. We have to be honest and humble and understand that in theory there are teams with bigger names such as Brazil, Spain, Germany and Argentina,” he added.
“We are not favourites but anything is possible.”