EURO 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo as Motivated as He was in 2004 Heading into Euro 2020

Ali Shibil Roshan
Ronaldo will be key for Portugal in Euro 2020
Ronaldo will be key for Portugal in Euro 2020 / Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he is as motivated as he was in 2004 heading into Euro 2020 as Portugal aim to retain the title they won in 2016.

Ronaldo has featured in four Euro Cups so far, starting with the 2004 edition that Portugal hosted, and has played in every Euro tournament since.

The Euro 2020 will be his fifth European championship, and the 36-year-old, who is still regarded as one of the best footballers in the world, insists he is now as motivated or even more as he was when playing his first Euro Cup.

"I'm as motivated, or more, than I was back in 2004," Ronaldo said in an interview for the Portuguese federation [via Marca].

He added: "The Portuguese fans can expect the same as always, a team with motivation and ambition.

"We'll have a positive mentality that things will go well. The team and all Portuguese fans must believe things will go well.

"The captain is good. I've been working well alongside my teammates and the coaching staff. We're focused on working well.

"I hope things go as well as possible, now that the preparation work is done. We just need to fine tune a few things.

"Now the ball just needs to start rolling. We want Portugal to start well, with a win against Hungary."

Meanwhile, Portugal begin their Euro title defense with a match against Hungary in Group F on June 15, 9:30pm.