Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t just stumble upon his success, it is something he has put his mind to work on right from his younger days.
Ronaldo has lasted nearly two decades playing at the highest level of his career, and it has also taken years of dedication and hard work.
At age 36, Ronaldo is still a beast of a striker, and has taken to life in the Premier League with relative ease.
Manchester United legend Teddy Sheringham, who holds the record as the oldest outfield player to feature in a Premier League match at 40 years old and 272 days, has backed Ronaldo to follow in a similar path.
Ronaldo will turn 37 in February, and Sheringham believes Ronaldo can play up till 39 years.
“I think he can keep it up,” Sheringham said while speaking at Maurice Newman’s charity Golf Day in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
“Once you get past 36, with the ups and downs of the Premier League, it’s tough being kicked and getting yourself up for the next game.
“But he knows what it’s all about and knows how to score a goal – he’s going to be alright.
“The main thing when you get to 33 or 34 is to make sure that you’re not carrying any weight – and he’s definitely not doing that.
“He’s also not had any major injuries and he’s still got the desire.
“Those three things are massive if you want to carry on playing.
“It’s got nothing to do with the money. He wants to enjoy getting the most out of his body and getting the most out of his career.
“I can see him carrying on like this throughout the season, next season and possibly even until he’s 39 as well.”