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Cristiano Ronaldo shuts down any talk of potential retirement

“If I feel like playing more, I will. I’m the boss!’: Cristiano Ronaldo stops talking about retirement as Man Untied star prepares to lead Portugal’s bid to reach Qatar World Cup in their play-off with North Macedonia

  • Cristiano Ronaldo stops talking about retirement ahead of Portugal play-off
  • Ronaldo and Co take on North Macedonia in a bid to reach Qatar’s World Cup
  • The Man United star has insisted: “If I feel like playing more, I will. I am the employer.’
  • He also called for the national anthem to be muted to create a fiery atmosphere

Cristiano Ronaldo prepared for the World Cup play-off in Portugal by rejecting rumors of retirement and calling on his country to unite in one voice to end the fairy tale of North Macedonia.

“Who will decide my future is I,” said the 37-year-old as he tries to match a select group of footballers who have played in five World Cup tournaments.

“If I feel like playing more, I will. I’m the boss, end of story.’

With 185 caps and a world record of 115 goals, Ronaldo embodies the Portuguese team.

Cristiano Ronaldo prepared for World Cup play-off in Portugal by dismissing rumors of retirement

Cristiano Ronaldo prepared for World Cup play-off in Portugal by dismissing rumors of retirement

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After North Macedonia stunned Italy last week with a 1-0 win in the play-off semi-finals, the country’s president Stevo Pendarovski tweeted: “Get ready Cristiano, you’re next.”

Ronaldo said: “Macedonia has surprised everyone, but they will not surprise us. Portugal will be better and go to the World Cup.’

With a full house expected in Porto on Tuesday night, he called on fans to show their passion as they did for the 3-1 win over Turkey.

“I would like to sing our national anthem without music,” said Ronaldo. “If they’re like they were on Thursday, I’m sure we’ll win.”

When asked if this was North Macedonia’s ‘game of their lives’, Portuguese boss Fernando Santos replied: ‘It’s also the game of our lives. We have to match their determination, aggression, enthusiasm and desire.’

With a full house expected in Porto on Tuesday evening, he called on fans to show their passion

With a full house expected in Porto on Tuesday evening, he called on fans to show their passion

No one will be more determined than Ezgjan Alioski., the former Leeds cult hero of North Macedonia

No one will be more determined than Ezgjan Alioski., the former Leeds cult hero of North Macedonia

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No one will be more determined than Ezgjan Alioski, the former Leeds United cult hero of North Macedonia.

Known for his unpredictability during four years at Elland Road, he loved to shake the retractable tunnels for matches and once faced teammate Pontus Jansson in a goal celebration.

The 30-year-old left-back put in a great performance against Italy on Thursday and has been strengthened for Tuesday night’s play-off.

“Ronaldo is a great player who has been playing at the highest level for almost 20 years,” Alioski said.

“We don’t want to ruin his career with an absence from the World Cup, but we really want to make our dream come true. We all believe that we can do in Portugal what we did in Italy.’

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