Euro 2024: Cristiano Ronaldo confirms current edition is his last

Euro 2024: Cristiano Ronaldo confirms current edition is his last


Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts after scoring in the penalty shootout of the round of 16 match between Portugal and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 tournament on July 1, 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts after scoring in the penalty shootout of the round of 16 match between Portugal and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 tournament in Frankfurt, Germany, July 1, 2024. Photo credit: AP

Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed that this year's European Championship will be the last championship of his career.

The Portugal superstar, who is 39, is playing at the Euros for a record sixth time and his country are through to the quarter-finals – where they face Kylian Mbappe and France in Hamburg on Friday.

“This is undoubtedly my last European Championship,” Ronaldo told Portuguese public broadcaster RTP after the penalty shootout win over Slovenia.

“But I'm not sentimental about that. I'm influenced by all that football means – my passion for the game, the excitement of seeing my supporters, my family, the affection people have for me.”

Ronaldo, who is one of the most prolific goalscorers in football history and has a record 14 goals at the European Championship, said his main motivation now is to “make people happy”.

He broke down in tears after having a penalty saved in extra time during the game with Slovenia.

“It's not about leaving the world of football. What else is there for me to do or win? It's not about one point more or one point less,” he said.


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