But when his football career does come to an end, the 34-year-old says he’d like to go into acting.
He wouldn’t be the first footballer to make that move, with Eric Cantona and Vinnie Jones going from the pitch to the big screen after hanging up their boots.
“I always recommend learning all that is new. This is what I always strive for. I always seek to educate myself, because my studies tend to answer many of the questions on my mind.”
It could be a while before the former Real Madrid, Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon forward changes profession, though.
Players still competing at 40
For most of this decade, he has battled Barcelona’s Lionel Messi for the title of men’s footballer of the year — the Argentinian owns six Ballon d’Or crowns to Ronaldo’s five.
“Several years ago, the age of playing football was until 30-32, but now, you find those who are 40 years old playing on the field,” Ronaldo said.
“The moment my body is no longer responding in the right way on the field, then it would be the time to leave. My success in my field is the result of hard work, and a way of living. I work continuously to improve my mental and physical abilities.”
And a video posted from his Twitter account showed him teaching another sporting superstar, tennis’ Novak Djokovic, how to perfect a leap.
Ronaldo and Juventus — bidding for a ninth straight Serie A title — return to action Jan. 6 against Cagliari. Juventus trails Inter Milan on goal difference atop the standings.