The future of Cristiano Ronaldo remains uncertain, with the Portuguese captain apparently on the verge of the demise of his football career.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo faces more complications in his career after he was benched and his ambition to win the Qatar World Cup for his country fell flat following Portugal’s World Cup quarter-final exit.
One of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen, Ronaldo is currently a free agent having had his contract at Manchester United terminated while he was in Qatar.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s participation in his fifth and possibly last World Cup saw the five-time Ballon d’Or victor and serial title winner play a meager part, finding himself in and out of Portugal’s starting line-up.
The 37-year-old Portugal captain is now under the biggest criticism of his career following the horrible termination of his Manchester United contract and several reports of insubordination inside the Portugal national team camp.
Currently, his former Manchester United team-mate Patrice Evra, who played alongside Ronaldo during United’s reigning era, has admitted that he wouldn’t be shocked to see Ronaldo put an end to his hugely flourishing career.
Patrice Evra believes that Cristiano Ronaldo could call it quits after his undesirable and acrimonious exit from United that has now left him a pathetic free agent with European top clubs showing no interest in signing him.
Evra, in a talk session with Sky Sports, said: “When I have talked to him I haven’t spoken about what he is going to do next. We have been talking more about life and family.”
“But I don’t know [what he will do next]. Messi is saying he will retire [from the World Cup], but I don’t know if Ronaldo will retire, because, sometimes, when you are getting so much criticism, especially at the end of your career, you are like ‘OK, I think it’s time to stop.
“That must be a feeling, especially when you are not in the starting XI of your national team, because that is what Cristiano wanted; to play, be fit and to win the World Cup with his country. This was his dream; now he doesn’t have that dream.”
“Although I won’t talk for Cristiano, I wouldn’t be surprised if he says he is retiring. Now everything Cristiano does he is a ‘bad person’, a ‘bad player’ or whatever. I wouldn’t be surprised if he decides to retire.”
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has previously revealed his desire to continue playing into his 40s. He stated this in his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo said he would like to carry on achieving success at the highest level and hang his boots when he turns 40.
However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner remains unattached to any club after his bitter departure from Old Trafford last month.
Following Portugal’s exit from the World Cup, Ronaldo trained with former club Real Madrid this week in a bid to keep fit, but he didn’t use the facility for long.
It was rumored that Ronaldo could secure an enormous payday in a potential move to one of Saudi Arabia’s clubs but that is still yet to be officially confirmed.
As the lack of interest from Europe’s biggest clubs leaves the door open to the possibility of Ronaldo’s 20-year career extinction and his ambition to play in the Champions League competition which is not near feasible, Ronaldo’s future now sits on the fence.