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Cristiano Ronaldo will retire before the age of 40, insists Bayern Munich great Ze Roberto

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Bayern Munich great Ze Roberto believes Cristiano Ronaldo will hang up his boots before he turns 40 after his performance has declined in recent years.

In his first season at Old Trafford, Ronaldo, 37, started the campaign well, scoring eight goals in his first 15 league appearances, while also playing a key role in helping United navigate their way to the knockout stages. Champions League final.

However, the goals have dried up since the turn of the year as he has only found the net once in his last 10 appearances in all competitions.

And Bayern Munich icon Ze Roberto (pictured) doesn't think Ronaldo will play past the age of 40

Bayern Munich icon Ze Roberto (right) doesn’t think Cristiano Ronaldo (left) will play over 40

His recent struggles had put his future in question, with many wondering if the Portuguese talisman should now hang up his boots.

And Ze Roberto, who himself played until the age of 43, believes the time to make that decision could come sooner rather than later after what has been a spectacular career so far.

“Cristiano is, for me, a machine,” Ze Roberto told sky sports.

“But I don’t think he will go to 40 again because he is a player who has always played at the highest level, always winning trophies and always trying to be the best player in the world.”

Ronaldo's output has dropped significantly since joining his former side Juventus

Ronaldo’s output has dropped significantly since joining his former side Juventus

Ronaldo got off to a good start but suffered a drop in form and struggled to score goals

Ronaldo got off to a good start but suffered a drop in form and struggled to score goals

“But over the last two years we’ve seen he hasn’t been able to do that with Juventus and now with Manchester United.”

“The best proof of that is that he hasn’t been in the top two or three players for individual big prizes.”

“He’s still an expensive player, but as someone used to competing at such a high level, there will come a time when he decides it’s better to stop rather than look for something that won’t be the same.” .’

While many have questioned Ronaldo’s future – including former Chelsea striker Frank Leboeuf – the 37-year-old is determined to add more silverware to his collection despite winning multiple trophies at United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

And Ze Roberto (right) thinks Ronaldo will hang up his boots in a few years.

And Ze Roberto (right) thinks Ronaldo will hang up his boots in a few years.

He even claimed he would be hanging up his shoes in “four to five years”, given that he is the model athlete and his meticulous approach to fitness, lifestyle and diet have allowed him to stay at the top level for so long.

Asked about his future, Ronaldo said he wanted to continue playing football in his 40s and insisted he had no intention of retiring as the chance of winning more trophies loomed. still there.

Talk to DAZNRonaldo said: “It’s hard to say that I don’t want more, because if I’m at a club that gives me the opportunity to win more things, why not?”

“And in the national team too. I know I don’t have many years left to play, four or five more, we’ll see, and I want to win more things.

However, Ronaldo himself has revealed that he wants to play at the top level for at least four years.

However, Ronaldo himself has revealed that he wants to play at the top level for at least four years.

‘You have to be smart and know that at 18, 20 or 25 you’re not the same as at 35. And that’s the maturity, the experience, the intelligence to understand that maybe you’re losing things to win others and have the right balance to continue to compete and be at the highest level.

Asked about the criticism he received, Ronaldo said: “I show year after year that the numbers speak for themselves.” I don’t have to tell you that I’m very good, because the numbers are there.

“Facts are facts, the rest is not. No matter. That’s why I’m very happy with my form, I always score goals, I help people, teams, both in the national team and at Manchester United and that’s why I want to continue like this.

Ronaldo was also asked how he managed to achieve lasting success over two decades – Ronaldo said it was all down to his ‘sacrifices’.

Ronaldo says the secret to his success over the years has been the sacrifices he has made

Ronaldo says the secret to his success over the years has been the sacrifices he has made

“You have to sacrifice because without sacrifice you get nothing,” Ronaldo said. “I started playing at the highest level at 18 and I’ve been at the top of the game for 15-16 years.

“It’s my dedication, my passion, my ambition to work hard all the time. That’s why I continue to be on top of the world in terms of performances, trophies, goals, records. I will continue. ‘

However, Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United is up in the air. He will wait to see who the new Red Devils manager is before deciding his future.

As things stand, Ronaldo is under contract with the club for one more season. However, his future is increasingly in doubt as the club face a tough challenge to qualify for next season’s Champions League.