MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 13: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus looks on during the Coppa Italia Semi … [+]
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated that he wants to continue to play at the highest level, indicating he may continue playing into his 40s.
Continuing to perform and train, the 35-year-old works tirelessly to help maintain a peak physical condition. Ronaldo boasts a remarkable set of athletic skills, mixing rapid pace and agility with elite aerial ability and power.
Just like all footballers, Ronaldo’s playing days will come to end one day, and the question is what will he do once he hangs up his boots for good? We take a look at the possible options and retirement plans.
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So many ex-players have gone into management after they have finished their careers. Ronaldo could look to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest ever names to have graced the turf in the likes of Steven Gerrard (Rangers), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) and Thierry Henry (Montreal Impact) to name just a few of his former foes.
Pictures revealed Ronaldo ‘coaching’ alongside Fernando Santos during Portgual’s Euro 2016 triumph. The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star was asked previously if he was tempted to move into coaching when he retires.
“Right now, I’m not interested in becoming a coach, but maybe one day I will be bored and I will feel like it,” he told DAZN Italy in 2019.
“Never say never. If I became a coach, I would be a motivator, the coach must pass on his passion and talent to the team. For example, I like to have fun, dribble, shoot, score goals, I should pass this on to the team, as a motivator.”
No doubt trying to rally and inspire others to perform well from the sidelines could well be a daunting task for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. Perhaps Ronaldo may want to have a word with ex-players if he believes taking his coaching badges is the right idea.
One thing for sure having played under the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson for six-years, he will have learned so much about being successful.
FUNCHAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL – JULY 22: Cristiano Ronaldo during the opening of the new ‘Pestana CR7 … [+]
Business interests have played a huge part in Ronaldo’s career off the pitch and once he retires he will continue to work hard achieving more success.
His famous ‘CR7’ brand consists of many categories within, for example, Ronaldo is hotelier (Pestana CR7), has a very successful clothing line, owns a hair transplant clinic, and has also tapped into the fitness industry with several gyms.
Ronaldo’s wealth could suggest he could even go on to buy a football club in the future. He may look to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham, who is the owner of Inter Miami, for example. The former England captain also is a stakeholder for Salford City alongside Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt. So maybe a collaboration to purchase a lower league team in his native Portugal to “give something back“ may float his boat.
Ronaldo inherited the No.7 shirt from Beckham when moving to Manchester United and the two remain in contact. Perhaps a few tips from his good friend wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Former Brazilian star Ronaldo Nazario bought a majority share in Spanish club Real Valladolid in 2018, four years after his involvement with Fort Lauderdale Strikers, so expect more clubs to be bought by ex-professionals in the future, and Ronaldo could just do that.
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Back in December 2018, the superstar revealed he wants to “challenge himself” and play a role in a film. Who else could see Ronaldo featuring on the big screen?
“I hope I live more than 50 years to learn new things and face different challenges and try to find solutions for them,” Ronaldo told a Dubai Sports conference.
“One of the things that I seek to challenge myself in, for example, is acting in a movie.” By going into such industry, he would follow in the footsteps of Vinnie Jones, Pelé and Beckham.
Playing a lead role in a Hollywood blockbuster or finding himself in the running for an Oscar may never happen, but don’t write Ronaldo off.
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He may wish to return to studying when his time of playing comes to an end. He has previously hinted that university could well be on the cards after saying he wishes to ‘continue his studies’.
“I always recommend learning all that is new. This is what I always strive for,” said the forward. “I always seek to educate myself, because my studies tend to answer many of the questions on my mind.
“We have to learn the best of others, and this is an important part in helping me achieve what I have reached now.”
Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and current Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata are prime examples, as is Brazil legend Socrates. Could you see Ronaldo carrying books under his arm? It is more likely that he would purchase a university, rebrand it CR7 and market it as a place for released juniors to a new career away from soccer.
Whatever he decides to do, expect it to be planned, thorough, exciting and successful, just like his playing career.