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5 things Cristiano Ronaldo could do post-retirement

Scott Newman
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FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo may not have long left in the game

Coming up to the age of 33, the clock is finally beginning to tick on the career of global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s been one of the world’s most recognisable talents since he landed at Manchester United back in 2003, and since 2009 there’s an argument that he’s been the best player in the world, period. He’s won the Champions League four times with United and Real Madrid, he’s won the European Championships with Portugal, and he’s won the Ballon d’Or four times too.

Nothing can last forever, though, and with likely only a couple of seasons at most left for him at the top level, perhaps one eye might be cast towards what he plans to do when he retires. The time might not arrive just yet but who knows, Ronaldo – like another United legend in Eric Cantona – might decide to hang it up before his skills fully begin to wane, preferring to be remembered at his peak rather than on a downswing.

Assuming his retirement comes sooner rather than later, here are five things he could do once he’s walked away from the game.

#1 Go into coaching or management

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016
After going off injured in the final, Ronaldo practically coached Portugal to win Euro 2016

An old adage is that the best players don’t always make the best managers or coaches, mainly because either their standards are too lofty and impossible for lesser players to reach, or they simply don’t understand how to teach skills as they picked them up in a more natural way. There are exceptions though and they’re becoming more common these days – look at Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola to name a few.

Could Ronaldo join them? There’s been no word that he wishes to take any official FIFA coaching badges or anything of that sort yet, but then he may simply have not considered that path just yet. Judging on the finals of the 2016 European Championships though, it could definitely be something for him to consider. Substituted early on in the game with an injury, Ronaldo didn’t sulk back off to the changing rooms wondering what might’ve been – instead he stepped into a very vocal role from Portugal’s bench, cheering his teammates on and offering advice.

Do we know whether the advice was of a technical sort, or was it simply just encouragement? We honestly don’t know as it’s practically impossible to tell what’s being shouted by someone on the bench, even the actual manager or coach, but it was clear that Ronaldo was far more vocal even than Portugal’s manager Fernando Santos. And of course, Portugal went on to win the game.

If this example was anything to go by then Ronaldo can inspire players at the very least – one of the trickiest parts of being an effective coach or manager. If he can learn the technical side of things from a coaching standpoint, there’s no reason to suspect he couldn’t succeed there.

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Scott Newman
UK based, big follower of football and MMA. Tottenham and England fan for life!
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