“Enjoying the Moment” – With Eyes on American World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo Sounds Off Confidence About ‘Physical Wellness,’ After Portugal’s Iconic Win

Published 10/14/2023, 8:00 AM EDT

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been in top shape this season. The Al Nassr superstar has been firing on all cylinders for his club. He also displayed the same form during the international break. Portugal, who were up against Slovakia in the Euro Qualifiers, edged past their opposition thanks to a lethal brace from their skipper. The 38-year-old, despite his age, has maintained his shape to function at the apex of international football. Cristiano Ronaldo touched down on his physical prowess following the game against Slovakia claiming that he was feeling ‘good‘.

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The Portuguese star has been enjoying what he has been doing on the field and hopes to continue doing so. With the upcoming World Cup to be co-hosted by the United States in 2026, it will be interesting to see if the Al Nassr star can keep going for the next three years.

Cristiano Ronaldo touches down on his physical acumen

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Cristiano was on top of his game last night as he scored twice to help his side bag a 3-2 win over Slovakia. The Portuguese talisman continues to be on the top of his game. The Al Nassr star was present for a press conference following the game where he touched down on his performance and how he was enjoying what he’s doing.

“I am enjoying the moment, which is good, I feel good, my body is responding to what I have given it in recent years…Personally, I am very happy with what I have done. Now we have to continue, we have a few more games and we have to perfect the machine. The team has been very good. Portugal qualified because they played well. They have a good team and an excellent coach. It is not by chance that we qualified, as compiled by La Prensa Latina and translated by DeepL.

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The former Real Madrid star also reached the 857th goal in his career, following the match against Slovakia. When asked if he could reach the 1000-goal mark, Cristiano Ronaldo had a realistic response to the media.

“It’s going to be quite difficult, but it’s about seeing how I am mentally, my motivation. Yes, physically, my legs are treating me as well as I am treating them… We’ll see, there are small steps. To get to 1,000, we have to get to 900 first. I think I can do it.”

The win over Slovakia saw Portugal consolidate their spot in the Euro Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo, despite his recent ups and downs from last year, has been a solid presence for the team and will hope that he can continue to play alongside the team with the 2026 World Cup in mind.

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Portugal continues to flourish alongside Ronaldo

All eyes will be on the 38-year-old in the coming months, to see if he makes one more attempt at the elusive World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s won titles around the world, has failed to bag the biggest title in international football. With the upcoming World Cup set to take place in the United States in 2026, it will be interesting to see a 41-year-old Ronaldo make it to the tournament.

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However, Ronaldo’s current focus will be on lifting the Euro with Portugal this season. The Al Nassr striker has been in great form for his side and can surely be the driving force behind the team’s success. Do you think Cristiano Ronaldo will play in the World Cup 2026? Let us know in the comments below.

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Saurabh Saket

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Saurabh Saket is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. While Saket has been an ardent fan for a while, his passion for the sport stems from FIFA 17 which featured Borussia Dortmund superstar Marco Reus on its cover. With dreams of standing as a part of the Yellow Wall at Signal Iduna Park, Saket loves to write about the game from a fan’s perspective giving his take on recent happenings.
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Daniel D'Cruz

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