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Cristiano Ronaldo does not see himself in coaching role after retirement

Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the FIFA Best player of the year award recently, says he wouldn’t like to become a coach after retirement

football Updated: Jan 11, 2017 17:51 IST
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the FIFA Best player of the year awards, says he does not want to become a coach after retirement(Getty Images,)

Fresh from being named the best men’s player by world football governing body FIFA, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has ruled out becoming a coach after retiring.

“Very difficult... never say never,” Ronaldo told FIFA’s official website on Tuesday. He was named the best men’s player of the 2015-16 season by FIFA at a ceremony in Zurich.

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“I don’t know what will happen in the future but in this moment I don’t see myself becoming a coach.”

Ronaldo’s superb year included a Champions League and Club World Cup title with Real Madrid as well as winning the 2016 Euro with Portugal.

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Ronaldo got injured in the early stages of the Euro final against France and had to be substituted. Portugal won the match 1-0.

“It was complicated. I started the game but I didn’t finish. I was very nervous,” Ronaldo said of the Euro 2016 final against France.

“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 I was. But I think it was a glorious day for Portugal.”

Probed about his supreme ability to dominate at the highest level after so many years, Ronaldo said it was his work ethic and support of team-mates that made it possible.

“There’s no secret. It’s working strong and arduously,” he said. “I’m playing for a team (Real Madrid) that gives me the possibility to be able to compete for these trophies. With Portugal also, I thought it was a sensational Euro,” the 31-year-old said.

“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.”