Cristiano Ronaldo can keep playing for as long as he wants, according to Danilo, who says the Juventus superstar is setting his own limits.

Danilo knows Ronaldo better

The 36-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down since joining Juventus in 2018, and Danilo doesn’t believe he will think about hanging up any time soon as he has witnessed the striker’s pure dedication to his craft.

“I played with Cristiano Ronaldo for two years at Real Madrid and now at Juventus,” said Brazilian defender Marca. “Many people follow him and it is a great honor for me to be a part of his history. Watching him work every day, scoring goals, and his drive to win is incredible. He sets boundaries. As long as he maintains this motivation, I see no limits for him. He can continue as long as he wants. Physically he is incredible, he is 36 years old and he plays all the games. He does not rest and does not want to rest, he is unique.”

 

Ronaldo’s stats this season

Ronaldo finished the 2018-19 and 2019-20 campaigns as Juve’s top scorer and is set to do the same this season under Andrea Pirlo. To date, the Portuguese striker has scored 27 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions, including 20 in Serie A – two goals ahead of Inter’s Romelu Lukaku for the Golden Boot. Ronaldo will have a chance to top up as Juventus try to close the 2-1 deficit in the Champions League round of 16 second leg against Porto.

The former Madrid mascot was given up following the Bianconeri’s 3-1 Serie A win over Lazio on Sunday, and fans hope he can return with his best efforts to help the team avoid an early exit from Europe. Ronaldo has already won two league titles with Juventus, but he was initially brought in to inspire the club for their first Champions League crown since 1996.

He may not be likely to give time for his career right now, but his hopes of a sixth Ballon d’Or will be undermined if Juventus fail again in Europe, with reports suggesting he may rethink his future at the end of the season.