Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo 'wants to retire at Manchester United' & coach son at youth level

Sean Walsh
Ronaldo is a family man
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Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping that Man Utd will be the last team he plays for before retirement, and he could even end up coaching his son through the youth ranks at the club.

Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford on deadline day this summer, signing a two-year contract with the option for a third.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed recently that he expects Ronaldo to still be competing at the very top level until he's into his 40s, and The Sun write that while the Portuguese has no plans to hang up his boots, he does have the footballing development of his son in mind.

They report that Ronaldo is planning on remaining with United for longer than his initial two-year deal, and is determined to prove that 'nothing is impossible'.

Once he does retire, he could step into coaching at youth level and assist 11-year-old Cristiano Jr - who recently joined United's youth ranks.

Cristiano Jr played for Juventus' youth sides when his father was there, notably scoring four goals on his debut as a nine-year-old.

“I would love for him to be a footballer, because he feels passion for this sport. He is a competitor and he hates losing," Ronaldo has previously said.

“He’s fast and he’s driven. But this is nothing, it takes a lot of dedication. Sometimes when we’re at home I say ‘go to the treadmill to run a bit’.

“Then after the treadmill I say, ‘now go to the cold water to recover to do it tomorrow again’. And he says, ‘daddy, it’s so cold the water, I don’t want to do it’. But I understand it.”

Man Utd lost their first Premier League game since Ronaldo's return to the club on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 late on by Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

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