Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to leave top-tier European football for Saudi Arabia has sparked speculation about the future of the 39-year-old’s illustrious career, particularly after Portugal’s unexpected exit from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

However, Ronaldo remains determined to showcase his enduring talent at the highest level. He will be a pivotal presence for Portugal at Euro 2024 in Germany, leading a skilled squad under the tactical guidance of former Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez.

Ronaldo’s accomplishments in international football are remarkable. He boasts an unparalleled record of 128 goals in 204 official matches for Portugal, spanning almost two decades. His first goal for the national team came at Euro 2004 against Greece, and his most recent against Lichtenstein in November 2023, with the 2016 Euros triumph being the pinnacle of his international success.

Throughout his career, Ronaldo has found the back of the net an astonishing 891 times. He holds the record for the most goals in the history of the Champions League with 140, and he is the only player to have scored in five consecutive European Championship tournaments. The upcoming Euro 2024 provides him with another opportunity to extend this remarkable record.

As he closes in on the 900-goal mark, Ronaldo has his sights set on an even more extraordinary milestone. “It’s going to be quite difficult to reach 1,000 goals,” he acknowledged, “but it’s all about my mental strength and motivation.” He added, “If my body holds up and I continue to treat it well, who knows? But first, I need to reach 900.”

With his relentless mentality and exceptional form, having scored 10 goals in his last 12 appearances for Portugal and an impressive 42 goals in 41 games for Al-Nassr this season, Ronaldo is poised to defy the odds and make a significant impact with his national team in Germany.

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