Cristiano Ronaldo thought by the age of 35 he would be a “fisherman in Madeira” and remains convinced of Champions League glory with Juventus.
Ronaldo has won top-flight titles in England, Spain and Italy, the Champions League with Manchester United and Real Madrid, celebrated European Championship and Nations League glory with his country, and is also a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Such accomplishments were beyond the expectations of Ronaldo when he dreamed of becoming a footballer.
“At 35? I thought I was going to be a fisherman in Madeira,” he said to Canal 11.
“This never came into my mind. I wanted to be a professional footballer, but I didn’t think I was going to win everything I’ve won.”
His first campaign with Juve ended with domestic success in Serie A but a quarter-final defeat to Ajax in Europe’s premier competition means Ronaldo’s desire for continental success burns as strong as ever.
“To play at Juventus gives me the chance to win it again,” he added.
“We know it’s difficult, it depends on many factors, but it’s possible because we have a good team.
“We must take one step at a time going forward.”