Cristiano Ronaldo is confident he can continue he will keep going at the highest level “for years to come”.
Ronaldo turned 33 on Monday, and look very much like a 33-year old footballer, as his performance has declined significantly recently.
After bagging 61 goals in 2014-15, he notched 51 in total the following year and then scored 42 in 46 last term.
However in the current season, the five-time Ballon d’or winner has bagged 20 in 27 games – with just eight coming in La Liga.
Meanwhile, the former Manchester United star who helped Madrid to successive Champions League triumphs, plus winning La Liga and leading Portugal to European Championship victory, in the last two years, insists he can keep on going.
“On a personal level, this is a fantastic time for me. I have a growing family and I am very happy with my life,” he told GQ magazine.
“On a professional level, I have had two very good years in which I have won titles with my club and with my national team. I feel that I can keep going at the highest level for years to come.”
Ronaldo also insists he will continue to make changes to his lifestyle, and his game, to continue at the top.
“Life is a challenge from all perspectives and I try to be at my peak, physically, because this is very important in my profession,” he said. “I have to be at 100 per cent and I take this very seriously.
“To maintain this level, you need to make sacrifices. There are certain things that I could do when I was 20 that I can’t do today. You have to try and find a balance. It’s the finer details that make a difference.
“I am ambitious, very ambitious. People should chase their dreams. I chased mine and I want to keep doing so, to improve and achieve even more goals. I believe I’ve had some memorable performances throughout my career but can’t recall any in particular.
“I try to focus myself more on the present than on the past.”