Ronaldo says he is not planning to retire after World Cup, yet
Manchester United star, Cristiano Ronaldo says the World Cup is the last chance to show his quality, after which he is set to retire from international football.
Ronaldo won the tournament in Brazil last year but his absence has been a big blow to the Manchester United side.
The Portuguese said: “The World Cup is very important for Portugal, as all the teams in South America, the first of which is at a World Cup.
“This is the last chance for players that deserve the opportunity to show what they are capable of.”
The 34-year-old did not rule out a return to the international game, saying: “Cristiano Ronaldo’s words are very important to us.
“We must be careful not to waste time. We cannot be thinking about the World Cup.
“We have to concentrate on everything else.
“A lot of things can happen, we have a great squad but there is a lot of expectation and people expect us to qualify.
“We have a lot of respect to Argentina. We think they are the best team in the tournament. We know the expectation to beat them.”
Ronaldo would like to win back the Ballon d’Or but will settle for breaking records for the club when he does make a return to the national team.
Madrid legend Ronaldo said: “I just hope to play as many games as possible to win the Ballon d’Or as I think that would be the most important thing for all the Portuguese.
“Obviously I will think about it. I don’t know, I really don’t. I mean, I know what I was thinking about.”
Manchester United hope to get through to the last group game against the Republic of Ireland in Miami. Portugal and Argentina are set to take on Spain in their last Group C match, while Spain are second best on goal difference.
United are also aiming for a top four finish and must