Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid Star Sets Surprise Date For Retirement

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo at the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, Monaco, August 25. Ronaldo says he wants to continue playing at Real Madrid until the age of 41. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he aims to continue as Real Madrid's posterboy for another decade after being named UEFA's Best Player in Europe.

The Portuguese superstar, who won the Champions League and Euro 2016 this year, says he aims to remain at the Bernabeu Stadium until 2026.

The 31-year-old beat Real team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann to the award and believes he can go on for another 10 years.

"I'm at the best club in the world and I want to retire here, at 41," the three-time Ballon d'Or winner said.

"I want to keep playing at this level and I'll work hard to achieve it, just like I do every year. I hope I can win more titles. I'm proud of the European Cup and the Euros, I cried both times.

"I always wanted to win something with Portugal and now I've managed it."

Ronaldo moved from Manchester United to the Spanish capital in 2009 for a then-world-record fee of £80 million ($106 million).

In 236 appearances for the La Liga giants, he's scored 260 times.