Madrid, November 8, 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new five-year deal with Real Madrid but insists it will not be his last as he targets another decade at the top.
The 31-year-old is looking to play on into his 40s and will be 36 when his new contract expires.
The three-times Ballon dâ€™Or winner, who was called a â€œliving legendâ€ by the Real president, Florentino PÃ©rez, during the press conference announcing the deal, says that will not be the end of his playing days.
â€œI want to stay here and finish here,â€ Ronaldo said. â€œIt is not my last contract, I want to keep going until Iâ€™m 41 but now the most important thing is this special moment that makes me happy and my family, too.
â€œIâ€™m at the best club in the world. Everyone knows what my thoughts are. I want to continue being the best. I want to wear this shirt with pride. Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m going to contribute the same over the next five years as I have in my time here, scoring goals and winning titles.
â€œIâ€™m very happy. It is a dream come true to extend my contract here at the club. All I want to do is continue rewriting history here at this club.
â€œNo one knows what the future holds but I would like to end my career at this club. This is my penultimate contract. I want to be here for many years to come.â€
The former Manchester United winger has become Realâ€™s leading goalscorer since his move from Old Trafford in 2009. He also captained Portugal to Euro 2016 victory in the summer, the countryâ€™s first major silverware, and admitted this year has been one he could only have dreamed of.
â€œIâ€™m on the crest of a wave,â€ he said. â€œLook back at my last season; win the Champions League with Real Madrid, win the European Championship with Portugal and sign a five-year deal at Madrid. What more can I say? It is a dream year, unbelievable, something I thought was impossible.
â€œI am a dreamer but another thing is achieving your goals. It is true the stats are unbelievable, I never expected to score so many goals in such a short period of time â€¦ and I want to keep rewriting history.
â€œFive years is a long time and I will try to give my best. There will be highs and lows during a footballerâ€™s career. I still have things to learn. I want to win more and more for the best club and to continue learning.â€