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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants to retire at Man Utd’ before staying on to coach son


Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be calling time on his career just yet (Picture: Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants to eventually hang up his boots at Manchester United before guiding his son through the club’s academy.

Despite yesterday’s defeat to Aston Villa, Ronaldo has lit up Old Trafford since his return to the club this summer with four goals to his name.

At 36 years of age the five-time Ballon d’Or is showing no signs of slowing down but according to The Sun he already has plans for when he does retire and that involves staying at United.

The report suggests he wants to move into coaching at the club after retiring and that could see him oversee his son Cristiano Jr’s development.

Ronaldo has made no secret of his hopes that his 11-year-old son will follow in his footsteps and having been nurtured himself by Sir Alex Ferguson as a teenager, he wants Cristiano Jr to have the same opportunities at United.

Cristiano Jr is already training with United’s coaches having previously trained in Juventus’ youth setup prior to Ronaldo’s return this summer.

A source told the newspaper: ‘Ronaldo has made it clear to everyone he has come back to United to help them win trophies.

Cristiano Jr is already training at United’s academy (Picture: Giuseppe Cottini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

‘But in his mind he is going to play for them for more than a couple of years.

‘He is still at the peak of his physical fitness and loves showing that nothing is impossible.

‘He is obsessed with football and knows everything about the game.

‘Lots of players have started their coaching career at United so he thinks it could be a good way of starting off the next chapter of his career.’

Ronaldo signed a two-year deal with the Red Devils with the option of a further year upon completing his sensational return to the club.

While the likes of former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has suggested Ronaldo could be United’s manager ‘within 18 months’, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently backed him to play into his 40s.

Asked how long Ronaldo could go on, he said: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if he still played when he was 40, not at all, because of the way he looks after himself.

‘That’s the key to it – and of course some genes. There must be some genes as well, some DNA in there.

‘He has put every single ounce of energy and effort into becoming the player he is and has been, so he deserves every single little plaudit that he gets for his physical state.

‘What’s more impressive is when you have achieved as much as he has, he’s still as hungry. His mentality is still absolutely spot-on and that’s a desire from inside that he’s going to keep going until his head says, “no, I’ve given everything now”.

‘Hopefully it will last a few more years. Linford Christie (who won the Olympic 100m aged 32 in 1992) was quite an age when he won his gold as well, so age is never a problem.’


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