Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo believes that his country has an excellent group of players capable of performing well at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Ronaldo said he dreamed of winning the World Cup, but he knew it would be very difficult to lift the trophy in the presence of teams such as France, Spain, Argentina, Germany and Brazil.
“I am very optimistic. We have a great coach and a good generation of footballers. I look forward to an amazing World Cup,” Ronaldo said in an interview with journalist Piers Morgan on Talk TV.
“It will be a tough tournament, very difficult. But anything is possible and of course we will compete,” he added.
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The 37-year-old added that the Qatar Championship will likely be his last World Cup, as he plans to retire at the age of forty.
“I want to play two or three more years, maximum. I want to retire at the age of 40, it would be a good time. But I don’t know. Sometimes you plan one thing for your life, and as I’ve said many times, life is dynamic,” said the Manchester United striker.
The Portugal captain also spoke about Argentine Lionel Messi, describing him as “magical, wonderful and like a team-mate” after participating with him in the world of football for 16 years.