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Saturday, 8 June 2019


Cristiano Ronaldo has warned the football world that he still has much more to give in his career at the age of 34.
The Juventus forward netted a stunning hat-trick against Switzerland in the Nations League semi-finals earlier this week and will be looking to pick up his second trophy with Portugal by beating the Netherlands in the final on Sunday.
"I still feel good despite being 34 years of age," Ronaldo told UEFA.com.
"The most important thing is your head, to feel motivated and happy, and to follow my path is a player, because I still have a lot to give and I feel very good."
Ronaldo returned to international football after taking a short break after the World Cup in Russia last year.
"It's always an honour to come back to the national team," he went on. "It's my country and wearing this shirt is a great honour.
"Obviously, being part of this competition is even more special and scoring goals in it is the cherry on top of the cake."
The Netherlands await in the final in Porto and Ronaldo is fully aware of the threat that Ronald Koeman's team pose.
"The Netherlands are an excellent team," he said. "They have been playing pretty well.
"I've been watching them in recent matches and they have an excellent squad with great players - young players and more experienced players, which makes their team even stronger.
"We know that they will be quite a difficult opponent, but I think that for both Portugal and the Netherlands, this is simply what finals are like."
This will be Ronaldo's third final in a major tournament with Portugal after losing against Greece at Euro 2004 and beating France at Euro 2016.
"Three finals and I hope to win two of the three," Ronaldo said. "That would be fantastic and I have hope - so does the team.
"We are positive; we are playing at home. I hope the stadium will be great, that there will be good energy, that this energy will be transmitted to us, and that everyone can be confident because we will try to give our best.
"Together we can become champions."

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