Cristiano Ronaldo confirms Euro 2024 will be his last

Cristiano Ronaldo confirms Euro 2024 will be his last


Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed that the European Championship in Germany will “without a doubt” be the final championship of his impressive career.

The 2024 Euros will be Ronaldo's record-breaking sixth appearance at the European Championship.

The next tournament will be hosted by Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, four years later, when Ronaldo will be 43 years old.

“There is no doubt that this is the last Euro [for me]of course it is,” Ronaldo told Portugal TV's RTP,

“But I'm not sentimental about that. I'm inspired by everything related to football, by the passion I have for the game, the enthusiasm I see in the fans, my family here, the passion of the people… It's not about leaving the world of football. What else is there for me to do or win?”

Ronaldo, who made his debut with Portugal in 2003 and won the tournament in 2016, is the men's all-time leading scorer with 130 goals.

“The most important thing about the journey I've taken so far is that I still have the excitement to be here,” he said.

“Representing and playing for the national team for 20 years, bringing happiness to people, families and children, that's what motivates me the most.”

Ronaldo's mental strength was tested on Monday when his penalty shot in the 114th minute was saved by the Slovenia goalkeeper. Jan Oblak,

Portugal won the Round of 16 game, defeating Slovenia in a penalty shootout, with the Portuguese goalkeeper scoring. Diogo Costa Save all three attempts of Solvania.

Al-Nassr's superstar player broke down in tears when the match went to penalty shootout and was consoled by his teammates.

“This is football, those who fail are the ones who try,” Ronaldo said. “I will always do my best for this shirt, whether I fail or not.

“As you saw, I missed the penalty but I wanted to score the first goal.” [on the penalty shootout] Because when the team has to take responsibility you also have to take responsibility. You cannot be afraid, I have never been afraid to face things, sometimes I get it right, sometimes not, but giving up is something you will never hear from me.”

Ronaldo, who is the record goalscorer in the competition's history with 14 goals, is yet to score in Germany.

“It's obviously frustrating when we don't score, but that's football,” the five-time Ballon d'Or winner said.

“In the end, the result was positive, which was the most important thing.

“I've lost on penalties twice this year [to Al Ain in a penalty shootout in the Asian Champions League quarterfinals and to Al Hilal in the King Cup of Champions final] And now I have won.

“I think football has to be fair sometimes and this was fair because I think Portugal deserved to win.”

Portugal will now face France in the quarter-finals on Friday.

“Now we have to play a difficult match against France, who are strong contenders to win the competition along with Germany and Spain,” Ronaldo said.

“But we are going to war, this is football. The team is doing well, this is [win against Slovenia] This brought energy into the team and we will fight till the end.”


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