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Cristiano Ronaldo confirms retirement plan to Piers Morgan

Cristiano Ronaldo
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The 37-year-old is set to play in what could be his final World Cup for Portugal this month.

Cristiano Ronaldo plans to retire from football at the age of 40, according to British broadcaster Piers Morgan.

Back in September, Ronaldo revealed his plans to  compete in the Euro 2024 tournament. The Portugal captain will be 39 by the time the competition starts in June of that year. He has also said in the past that he could continue playing professional football in his forties.

“He said he wants to retire around 40 to me,” Morgan told talkSPORT about Ronaldo.

“So he’s got two-and-a-half years to finish but most of all, he wants to be respected and valued and he doesn’t feel that under [Erik] ten Hag. That’s why he’s said what he’s said and he feels this manager doesn’t respect him.

“He [Ronaldo] said from the very start that he [Ten Hag] has tried to go out [of] his way to score points with Ronaldo and he thinks it’s very easy for managers to do that because he’s the biggest name and biggest star and he can often get the headlines to distract from real problems at the club.”

Ronaldo’s tell-all interview with Morgan is set to be broadcasted in full this Wednesday and Thursday.