Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that as a child he expected to be ‘fishing in Madeira’ by the age of 35, while he also spoke on his chances of lifting another Champions League trophy.
Ronaldo celebrated his 35th birthday on Wednesday, but rather than fishing, he has been in excellent form for the Bianconeri. The Portuguese has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring 22 times, while also providing three assists.
Most recently, the attacker scored a brace against Fiorentina, meaning he had scored in a stunning nine consecutive Serie A games.
Despite his age, Ronaldo still appears as hungry as ever, while he is also still playing at an extraordinarily high level. However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner actually grew up in a poor family in Madeira and he has now opened up on how he expected life to turn out quite differently.
He told Canal 11: “When I was little I thought that at 35 I would be fishing in Madeira. It never crossed my mind to play where I played and win what I won.”
Not only is the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star regarded as one of the best players to have ever played the game, he is also a hugely influential public figure with a large global fanbase. In fact, while he continues to break records on the pitch, he recently became the first person to reach 200 million followers on social media platform Instagram.
Ronaldo further added that while it will be challenging for him to win the Champions League with Juventus, it is certainly possible: He continued: “Sixth Champions League title? It’s possible. To play at Juventus gives me the chance to win it again.
“We know it’s difficult, it depends on many factors, but it’s possible because we have a good team. We must take one step at a time going forward.”
Ronaldo’s goalscoring form has helped Juventus open up a three-point lead over Inter at the top of Serie A, but the club – and the player – will be desperate to get their hands on the Champions League crown.