Portuguese Football Federation president Fernando Gomes thinks Cristiano Ronaldo will continue playing for the national team at least until 2024.
Ronaldo turned 36 earlier this month, and how long before the Portuguese hitman hangs up his boot is a question many football fans have started to ask. The Juventus star, though, remains in great shape and form and is still among the best in the business.
Gomes, who has been the president of FPF since 2011, expects Ronaldo to play for Portugal for at least three more years. "He is 36, we are in 2021, and I will remain here only until 2024," Gomes said via Ronaldo.com. "I think he will leave after me."
Gomes also spoke about Ronaldo's impact on the Portuguese national team. He said, "He has had enormous importance in these ten years of presidency. Is CR7 one of the explanations for Portugal's own success? I have no technical skills to evaluate its contribution, I just recognize that it has been high.
"What I can say with full confidence is that Cristiano, as captain for these ten years that I have been president of the federation, has been exceptional in the relationship with us. With the responsibility he has in the team as captain, he has been extremely correct, having a very fruitful dialogue with the managers. In this matter, it was a fundamental contribution."
Meanwhile, Ronaldo will be hoping to help Portugal defend the Euro Cup, with the next edition of the tournament expected to take place from June 11 to July 11 this year.