Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he wishes to see out his career at Real Madrid, after winning a third Club World Cup trophy in four years.
The former Manchester United forward has a contract that runs out in 2021, at which point he will be 36.
While he has struggled for goals and to keep up with long-time rival Lionel Messi, the Portugal international is still a vital part of the club and believes his future depends on his ability to continue that for the foreseeable future.
Ronaldo to retire at Real?
“I would really like to [retire at Real Madrid], but things don’t depend on me. What depends on me is what I do on the pitch,” said Ronaldo, as per Sky Sports.
“I am not the one who runs the club, that is for those in charge. My job is on the pitch and I think I am doing it well, the rest I can’t control.”
This comes after Ronaldo guided Los Blancos to back-to-back Club World Cup successes, the first time a side has done so, scoring the winner in the final against Brazilian outfit Gremio in the United Arab Emirates.
He also netted the equaliser in the semi-final win over Al-Jazira, with this coming just over a week after he picked up his fifth Ballon d’Or trophy, going level with Barcelona’s Messi.
Real is his home
While Ronaldo’s La Liga form this season has been less stellar than in the past, he has still managed nine goals in six Champions League games, and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane hopes the club’s record goalscorer does not go anywhere else in his career.
“For us it is fundamental Cristiano stays,” said the Frenchman.
“He is at his club, his home and no one can do what he keeps doing, so hopefully he stays here until he retires.”