Gary Neville hint former teammate Ronaldo want to surpass Pele
Gary Neville has revealed he can see Cristiano Ronaldo playing on for years to come, and predicts the Portuguese hero won’t retire until he surpasses Brazil legend, Pele‘s goalscoring record.
Ronaldo who is in the twilight years of his footballing career having celebrated his 35th birthday a couple of months ago, has previously hinted he could play until his 40s.
The Ex Man United forward has now racked up 725 career goals over 1000 appearances as a professional, following further prolific spells at Real Madrid and Juventus, together with international duties.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said – “his drive was out of this world to become the best in the world, he’s one of the very few players that I’ve played with that would publicly announce that the individual trophies were important to him.”
“He [Cristiano Ronaldo] just wanted to be the very, very best in the world and it’s so important to him. It’s an obsession. Absolute obsession with scoring goals. Applying himself every single day, being the fittest he can possibly be. I think he’s lifted his professionalism every single year and progressed.”