Ronaldo: I want to make 'history' like Pele & Maradona!
2009-12-02 - Added by
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of his desire to carve his name in history alongside footballing legends such as Pele and Diego Maradona.
Never one to be short on confidence, the 24-year-old admits he yearns for his name to be mentioned in the same breath as two of the games footballing Gods; Brazil's legendary striker Pele and Argentina maverick Diego Maradona
Having settled in well to life at the Santiago Bernabeu following his £80million switch in the summer, as well as seeing Portugal secure their place in next summer’s World Cup finals, 'CR9' has now set his sights on making history.
"I have another seven, eight years in football, or more," he told FourFourTwo magazine.
"If my legs give me a chance to play until 40, I want to play. But I want to be in the first page of history, the same as Maradona and Pele. I want to be there," he added.
Alongside Pele, Maradona is universally considered to be the greatest footballer of all time having also finished first in an internet vote for the FIFA Player of the Century.
'El Diez' put in a cataclysmic performance during the 1986 World Cup as he led Los Albicelestes to their second triumph in the tournament and famously scored "The Goal of the Century" against England in the quarter-finals.
Pele on the other hand is known as "The King of Football", having netted over 1,000 goals during his career as well as lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy no fewer than three times for the Seleção.
Ronaldo however insists that he can take his place amongst football's Holy Grail: "I know it's very tough but I think it's possible if I carry on like that, to win things.
"I think it's possible. I know it's hard, but in my head, it's possible!"
The current FIFA World Player of the Year also reserved special praise for former boss at Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson, who he attributed to his success and development as a player.
"Mr Ferguson helped me a lot in my career. I was there six years and he taught me many things. It was fantastic. I keep the same relationship with him. He's a good friend of mine. I like him a lot."