Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated his desire to continue playing football internationally beyond this year’s World Cup and hopes to feature at Euro 2024.
The 37-year-old will captain Portugal this winter in Qatar in what will be his 10th major international tournament.
He has 189 caps and scored 117 goals – making him the top scorer in the history of international men’s football.
The Portuguese Football Federation held its annual Quinas de Ouro awards ceremony on Tuesday night, and Ronaldo received an honorable mention as his country’s record goalscorer.
In his acceptance speech, the striker emphasized that his time with the national team was far from over.
“I hope to be part of the federation for a few more years,” Ronaldo said. “I still feel motivated, my ambition is high. My path in the national team is not over yet. We have a lot of good youngsters. I will be at the World Cup and I want to be at the European Championship.’
“I am proud to receive an award of this magnitude. I never thought that one day I could achieve it. Thank you to everyone who has been important in my career. It’s been a long journey, but I want to say that my journey isn’t over yet.”
Ronaldo will be 39 when Euro 2024 takes place in Germany. Qualification begins in March 2023.
The forward scored three goals as Portugal won the 2016 European Championship but was famously substituted just 25 minutes into the final as he picked up an injury.
He will tie the record for most World Cup finals when he plays in Qatar. Portugal meet Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.
It has been a difficult season at club level for Ronaldo after failing to secure a move from Manchester United in the summer.
New coach Erik ten Hag has only used the 37-year-old once in the Premier League and just last week in the Europa League he scored his first goal of the season from a penalty against Sheriff Tiraspol.