There are rumors the Juventus forward could retire at 37 when his contract with the club expires in 2022.
Cristiano Ronaldo rose above defenders to score an incredible header against Sampdoria on Wednesday.
Ronaldo put the goal away just before the half-time whistle, leading Juventus to a 2-1 win in the Serie A clash. The win keeps Juventus sitting on top of the table, three points ahead of Inter Milan.
You can watch the goal here:
Fans on Twitter were quick to react to Ronaldo’s ability to hang in the air as he carefully lined up his header.
One Twitter fan said that out of Ronaldo’s 128 header goals, this one will go down as “one of the best” in football history.
Another Twitter fan seconded this opinion and asked:
How can’t anyone jump this high??? Look at the leap by Cristiano Ronaldo. Easily the greatest header of the ball of all time.
Despite his age, the Portuguese star continues to break barriers and dazzle the footballing world.
On Sunday, Ronaldo scored twice for Juventus in a 3-1 win over Udinese. The two goals made Ronaldo the only player in Europe’s top-five leagues to score more than 10 goals in all competitions in each of the last 15 seasons.
Currently, the in-form striker has 12 goals in 20 appearances for Juventus this season. He has also scored in each of his last five club appearances. And based on his wonder header today, Ronaldo is showing no sign of slowing down.
But at 34-years-old, time will eventually have to catch up with Ronaldo. Indeed, there are rumors the Juventus forward could retire at 37 when his contract with the club expires in 2022.
If Ronaldo were to retire at 37, he would follow the same path as former legend Diego Maradona. But there again, it isn’t unheard of for footballers to push retirement back and keep hitting the pitch. Consider legends like Paul Scholes and Didier Drogba who kept playing past the age of 39.
Time will ultimately reveal what Ronaldo chooses. But given his ability to continue scoring unimaginable goals, fans will hope he continues playing for years to come.