With the superstar now 34 years old, the question of when Cristiano Ronaldo will retire is one that will be on the mind of many people.
Many modern-day legends of the game start losing their ability to perform at the highest level and many, including Ronaldo’s former boss Zinedine Zidane, actually retired at his age. Ronaldo, however, will be unlikely to retire anytime soon at least and currently does not have any plans to quit the game. He is still as hungry as he was ten years ago to compete at the highest level and win major trophies on both a club and international level. One can assume that based on the way he is going, Ronaldo will probably only quit playing the game after the age of 40.
The following are two realistic scenarios for the legendary CR7 to retire.
1. Once Cristiano Jr starts playing
Ronaldo Jr is now nine years old and is showing tremendous ability. If he carries on progressing the way that he is currently doing, he should eventually become a professional just like his father. Indeed, the youngster has shown so much promise that many bookmakers have him at odds as short as 100/1 to one day follow in his father’s footsteps by winning the Ballon d’Or. While the scenario may sound outside the realm of possibility, it may be worth backing by using one of many betting promo codes in order to find the best free bet offer. Many of the greats of the game turn professional when they are 16 years old. Based on this, Ronaldo Jr could possibly turn professional in 2026.
His father will be 41 years old at that time. It is hard to see Ronaldo being as strong a player as he is now at that age but he could possibly still be good enough to make a cameo appearance off the bench. The likes of Teddy Sheringham, Paulo Maldini, Javier Zanetti and Francesco Totti all retired at a similar age. It would be a fitting end to Ronaldo’s career to bow out by playing alongside his son and thus paving the way for a new era.
2. Once he eventually loses his touch
Ronaldo still is a world-class player but unfortunately, he is now at an age where his body will be more unpredictable and it could in the worst scenario become difficult for him to continue performing at an elite level. CR7 could potentially just decide that it is time to hang up his boots once he notices that his body can no longer cope with other young talents in world football.