Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted that he might not end his career at current club Juventus FC. The veteran striker joined the Serie A giant in a stunning $129.3 million move last summer .
It took a while for him to find his goal-scoring boots and at one point he was even outscored by his 9-year-old son , but after 14 goals and five assists in 18 starts, the Portuguese star is now the most statistically-impressive player throughout Italy, according to Whoscored.com data .
Ronaldo is contractually-bound to Juventus until 2022 having signed a four-year deal last July, but he has already been asked about life after Juve and whether that will involve a return to Sporting CP in Portugal his first professional club before he joined Manchester United in 2003.
“Will I return to Sporting? In football you never know,” he reportedly said, according to Fox Sports .
The news will surely pique the interest of soccer clubs across the planet, as many would like to sign a player of Ronaldo’s stature even if he was only available in 2022, at 37 years old.
After all, Ronaldo is reportedly a long-term target for David Beckham at the Englishman’s soccer franchise Inter Miami CF , a team that will play in the MLS from 2020.
Regardless, he is committed to his current club for now. “Everyone in Turin welcomed me in a fantastic way,” he said of his arrival at Juventus. “Were all feeling very good. I dont know when my career will end, but I’m fine and I want to keep going for many more years.”
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Ronaldo has a good chance of winning silverware in his debut season in Italy as Juventus are currently top of the Serie A table with 53 points from 19 games, nine points more than its closest rival Napoli.