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Ronaldo Tipped for Future Portugal Managerial Role

Former Manchester United teammate John O'Shea sees Cristiano Ronaldo as a potential future Portugal manager, tipping him to move into management.
Anna Ciao
By: Anna Ciao

Despite being 39 years old, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, shows no signs of retiring anytime soon. He continues to excel as a professional footballer and has remained a dominant force. In the 2023-24 season, Ronaldo registered an impressive 50 goals for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, breaking records along the way.

As he prepares for his 11th major tournament, the European Championship, Ronaldo's commitment and dedication to the sport suggest that he will remain an integral part of the Portugal national team even after his playing career ends. Speaking about Ronaldo's future, Irishman John O'Shea, who currently serves as caretaker manager for Ireland, has said:  “Knowing the type of person he is, the dedication and professionalism he has, I am sure he has plans to carry on in terms of Portugal and where he’s going to go. I’m sure he has ambitions, further down the line, to manage his country also in tournaments to come – if he wants to bring those pressures on him. He’s had no problem taking the pressure of his country throughout his career. Whatever his next steps will be, I am sure they will be positive for Portugal.”

While questions have been raised about Ronaldo's ability to perform at the highest level given his age, O'Shea, who played alongside Ronaldo at Manchester United stated:  “You see in Saudi, he’s scored some goals for this team, and you also see the impact he’s had with his goal-scoring for Portugal in the campaign to qualify for the Euros, too. I’ve no doubt whatever plans or rotations Portugal will have to use him, to maximise how far they get in the tournament, I think Ronaldo will be a key part of that, definitely.”

With 206 appearances and 128 goals for his country, Ronaldo remains determined to guide Portugal to success, aiming to add another European championship trophy to their triumph in 2016.

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Anna Ciao
Written by: Anna Ciao
Anna Ciao is a sports content contributor at Betimate. Born and raised in a rural village in China, I have had a passion for football and various sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, from a young age. Along with diligent studies, I achieved an IELTS score of 8.0 in the English language, and I have become a content contributor specializing in sports, particularly football, as I am today. I hope that my articles are helpful to readers.

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