I want to play until I am 41, says Cristiano Ronaldo
Nov 10 2016 by Marjorie Miles
"Madrid and Cristiano are eternally together". "To win the Champions League, then win Euro 2016 and sign a new contract with this club, I can't ask for more".
"It is a very important moment in my professional life", he added. Goals are good of course and the season is long, there's the Copa, there's the Champions League, LaLiga. "I have a special fondness for him, he was my reference and I'm sure he would be really happy that I am staying with Madrid - and Raúl too".
The French boss was delighted with Los Blancos' decision to tie him to the club with a new deal until 2021 as he said that the former Manchester United star should hang up his boots at the Santiago Bernabeu. His previous contract would have ended in 2018.
The contract will keep him at the Bernabeu until he is 36 - but the Portugal worldwide says it will not be his last.
And he is doing it without resorting to more "galacticos", instead sticking to the current group who helped the team thrive in recent years by extending the contract of Madrid's top players past 2020. He has scored more than 50 goals in the last six seasons and is two short of becoming the first player to score 100 goals in European competitions.
"I'm not going to lie, I didn't expect to have these great numbers by now", Ronaldo said. "I want to keep doing what I have been doing, scoring goals and helping this club win trophies".
"This year, if I have to choose, I'd pick Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or because of what he's won", Ronaldo told Claro Sports.
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"This new contract is a dream come true".
"You are a living legend at this club - the highest scorer in the club's history", he said to Ronaldo.
Madrid president Florentino Perez paid tribute to Ronaldo's accomplishments with the club at Monday's event to celebrate his deal and hailed what he believes is a magical period for his side.
Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo have agreed an extension to the player's contract, keeping him at the club until the 30th of June 2021.
"Today has also been a very special day with my contract renewal and a prize from MARCA".
Across all competitions, Ronaldo has made 360 appearances for Madrid and found the back of the net an astonishing 371 times.