Cristiano Ronaldo continues to etch his name deeper into the annals of sports history. In a recent showcase of his enduring prowess, Ronaldo played a pivotal role in Al-Nassr's emphatic 4-1 triumph over Al-Riyad during the 16th matchday of the Saudi Arabian championship.
This match marked a significant milestone in his illustrious career, being his 1200th professional appearance, encompassing both club and international play. Remarkably, this feat comes just shy of two months before he celebrates his 39th birthday, underscoring the fact that Ronaldo, with his unwavering commitment and passion for the game, is far from hanging up his boots.
'What an adventure. I thank all my teammates who have helped me reach these twelve hundred matches,' Ronaldo spoke through his social platforms. With a two-year running contract, he seems sure to play until at least his fortieth. 'I am happy. I want to continue and see what happens.'
So, it seems Ronaldo is not ready to retire just yet, as he also recently confirmed to ESPN. 'If I'm still fit at 40, I want to continue until my 41st. Or maybe even my 42nd. I'm not going to say I still feel 25, but I am just as fit as when I was thirty. I take good care of my body and mind. A long career fascinates me.'
To become the player with the most matches at the highest international level, Ronaldo still has to continue for a while. The former English goalkeeper Peter Shilton played no less than 1390 matches. He stays ahead of countryman Paul Bastock (1286) and the Brazilian Rogério Ceni (1237).