Does Cristiano Ronaldo still play for Portugal? Caps, goals, records, retirement plans for Al Nassr star


Cristiano Ronaldo’s place among football’s list of all-time greats is assured, thanks to his achievements across a phenomenal career.

At club level for Sporting, Real Madrid, Manchester United (in two spells), Juventus and now Al Nassr, Ronaldo has won virtually everything in the game and continued to plunder goals wherever he’s gone.

He also inspired Portugal to success at Euro 2016, and won five Ballon d’Or trophies on an individual level ā€” although that elusive World Cup is the one thing missing from his trophy cabinet.

What next for Ronaldo, then, given he is now 39? The Sporting News looks at his international career, future and any retirement plans he might have.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal future: Will he play at Euro 2024?

Portugal have qualified for Euro 2024, which is happening in Germany from June 14-July 14, and Cristiano Ronaldo is still very much involved for them.

The Al Nassr striker still wants to compete for Portugal and his recent goal record for Roberto Martinez’s side means he more than commands a place in the squad. In fact, he was named captain when the squad was announced ahead of the trip to Germany

Portugal have a number of elite players, such as Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Rafael Leao, while Paris Saint-Germain forward Goncalo Ramos is Ronaldo’s main competitior for the centre-forward role.

When will Cristiano Ronaldo retire?

Ronaldo currently has no plans to retire, insisting he is happy while turning out for both Al Nassr and Portugal and could play on into his 40s, although that could change depending on circumstances.

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He recently said: “Things have happened in my life, both on a personal and professional level, that make me think more in the short term nowadays.

“People say Iā€™m going to play on until Iā€™m 40 or 41 years old. I don’t set these targets. It’s a question of just enjoying the moment, which is a good moment. I feel good. My body is responding to how I’ve treated it over the years.

“I’m happy both at my club and in the Selecao. I’ve scored plenty of goals, I feel in good shape physically. It’s a question of enjoying the moment.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal record: Appearances, goals

Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time leading men’s goalscorer in international football with an outrageous record of 130 goals in 207 senior appearances for his country.

Ronaldo broke the long-standing goal record that was held by Iran’s Ali Daei when he bagged a brace against Republic of Ireland in September 2021.

Ronaldo’s 207 caps for Portugal also put him at the top of international football’s all-time appearance list, ahead of Kuwait star Bader Al-Mutawa who has played 196 times for his country.




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