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My road is not over yet – Ronaldo insists World Cup won’t be his last

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Francesca Iwambe
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has said he will not retire from international duty after the World Cup and wants to compete at Euro 2024.
Manchester United forward said the “road is not over yet” for him when speaking at a gala hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) on Tuesday for becoming the highest men’s international goalscorer in September with 109 goals.
“I never thought that one day I could achieve it. I thank everyone who was important in my career. It has been a long road, but I would like to say that my road is not over yet. [You’re going to have to] take a little more load from Cris [Ronaldo.]”
Since making his Portugal debut in 2003, Ronaldo has scored 117 goals in 189 international games, surpassing the record set by former Iran striker Ali Daei.
A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldo captained Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and the 2019 Nations League.
“I hope to be part of the Federation for a few more years,” he added. “I still feel motivated, my ambition is high. I’m in a team with young people. I want to be part of this World Cup and the European too; I’m going to assume that right away.”
Ronaldo, who was included in Portugal’s latest squad for the upcoming Nations League games against the Czech Republic and Spain, was thrilled to add another award to his collection as he got a standing ovation.
“I’m happy,” he said. “I already missed receiving an award.
“It’s with pride that I see guys I played with, with whom I’m going to play.”

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