What’s the secret of keeping it up year after year?
There’s no secret. It’s working strong and arduously. I’m playing for a team that gives me the possibility to be able to compete for these trophies. In A Seleção also. I thought it was a sensational EURO. I’ll return to saying again, it was a year of dreams. The collective performance, the individual performance, the team performance and the performance of the national team.
You scored the decisive penalty in the Champions League final, and three goals in the Club World Cup final. But the EURO was different, as you had been off the field from an early stage. How did that experience feel?
It was complicated. I started the game but I didn’t finish. I was very nervous. I remember that I was in the dressing room. Then I went outside. I think my behaviour speaks for me really. I don’t really have anything to say. The images don’t lie. People can see how nervous how I was. But I think it was a glorious day for Portugal.
But you looked very comfortable?
I looked it but I wasn’t! [laughing]
You look quite natural on the touchline next to Santos. Does that mean that we’ll see Cristiano Ronaldo the coach in the future?
Very difficult… never say never. I don’t know what will happen in the future but in this moment I don’t see myself becoming a coach.
If you had to choose one moment from 2016, which one would that be? And why?
Winning the EURO. I think it was the pinnacle of my career. Not to diminish my praise for the other trophies, the Champions League and Club World Cup, but this was special for being the first title in the history of Portugal.
What are the main objectives for CR7 in 2017?
They’re the same ones. New challenges. Trophies to win. Goals to score. Trying to win the maximum possible with the collective performance and if possible the individual performance also.
This year you have the Confederations Cup. What does that mean for Portugal and for Cristiano?
It will be the first time Portugal competes for the Confederations Cup trophy and it’s going to be beautiful. It’s going to stay on our resume. Obviously, it’s a dream to win. We know it’s going to be hard. There are going to be great teams. But In football everything is possible.
Ronaldo has scored 504 goals in 693 senior club appearances throughout his career, in addition to 68 goals in 136 matches for Portugal.
Originally posted 2017-01-10 23:26:38.