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Cristiano Ronaldo warned to retire now while he is still on a high

Cristiano Ronaldo has been told retire from football
Cristiano Ronaldo has been told retire from football / Angel Martinez/GettyImages

Key Summary:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo has been told retire from football.

2. Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf believes Ronaldo should call it quits while he's still at the top of his career.

3. Ronaldo has failed to impress since returning to Old Trafford last summer.

Former France and Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has advised Cristiano Ronaldo to consider retirement while he is still at the top of his career.

Ronaldo returned to Manchester United last summer on deadline day after more than a decade away from Old Trafford. But the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has failed to impress, and Leboeuf believes it's time for 'CR7' to start winding his career down.

The World Cup winner told ESPN FC: "Do you know what? I think there is a time where you have to think, “what do I do with my life and my career?”

"And maybe it’s time for Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of his career to wonder and have a discussion with himself, and maybe some of his family, to know what he has to do for the rest of his career, if there is a future in his career.

"I don’t want to watch Ronaldo and have pity because he’s been on the top for so many years."

Ronaldo has scored 15 goals in 29 appearances this season, but faced a goal drought that lasted six games - the longest in his career till date.

Leboeuf continued: "I don’t want him to be a normal player. He’s been an exceptional player for so long.

"I’d prefer him to give up his career at the top instead of maybe trying and play for two or three more years and not being the player that he used to be."

Speaking to DAZN (via the Manchester Evening News), Ronaldo revealed when he considers would be an appropriate time for him to retire.

"I know there are not many years to go before I stop playing, hopefully four or five more, but I hope to keep winning things," the United ace said.

"My life has been a very beautiful journey. I have left my mark everywhere I've been. I don't think there's any player in history who can reach, well, the numbers he can reach, but to have that pride of saying 'wherever I've been, I've left my mark'. And that makes me happy.

"You have to be intelligent and say that when you are eight, 20 or 25, it's not the same as being 35. That's maturity, experience, the intelligence to understand that maybe you lose some things, but you pick up other things and have the right balance to be able to continue competing and be at the highest level."