Cristiano Ronaldo produced an uncertain response after being backed to become a manager in the future by Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson.
At the age of 36, the Portugal international is still going strong. And it appears he’s unsure what the future holds for him when the day eventually comes when he’s forced to hang up his boots.
Ronaldo returned to Manchester United back in the summer, moving back from Juventus after 12 years away.
He’s continued to defy expectations, too, netting 13 goals across all competitions – more than any other player at the club.
With Ronaldo entering the twilight years of his career, however, retirement is an issue that sometimes comes up.
The veteran can’t go on forever and, speaking recently to Ferguson in an interview with United’s Inside View, the Scot backed his old player to become a manager in the future.
“I always feel that the area that I didn’t enjoy was the 45 minutes before kick-off, when the team are out there warming up and I’m doing nothing,” said Ferguson.
“I’m sitting in my office and I want the game to start right there. I can’t, because the team are doing their warm-up.
“You’re lonely. You’re on your own.
“I was sitting in my office on my own watching television while they’re doing their warm-up.
“That was the only spell I didn’t enjoy. Once the game started, fantastic. It’s true.. you’ll become a coach one day.”
Ronaldo, however, insisted he was unsure about what life after football has in store for him.
“Maybe not! I don’t know,” said the Portugal international.
Ferguson and Ronaldo have long been close, with their relationship spanning 18 years ever since the forward first moved to Old Trafford in 2003.
It took the Portugal international a few years to come good on his potential.
But Ronaldo was unplayable for three years under Ferguson, helping the club dominate the Premier League and claim Champions League glory in 2008.
Ronaldo, when asked about his favourite moment under his old boss, struggled to come up with just a single answer.
“It’s hard to name just one,” he added.
“There were so many beautiful moments that we had together.
“Not us winning things, which is the most difficult. In my heart, I keep the most difficult things.
“He probably doesn’t remember this and I’m not supposed to say, but I will say it because it’s a beautiful history. I remember one day that my father was in hospital and I was so emotional, so very low.
“I spoke with him and he said; ‘Cristiano, it doesn’t matter, go there for two or three days’. We had difficult games and I was a key player in that moment.
“He said; ‘It will be tough because we have these difficult games, but I understand your situation and I’ll leave you to go and see your father’.
“For me, these are the most important things, apart from winning the Champions League, Premier League, cups and stuff.
“I have to appreciate him, because what he said to me, he always did. I have to appreciate that.”
Ronaldo did say in 2019, though, that he’d like to try his hand at acting.
It’s hard to see the veteran appearing in the next Spider-Man film or anything like that in the foreseeable future.
Yet two years ago, he said: “When I quit football I would like to resume my studies.
“I focus a lot on studying, on learning, because unfortunately, the studies I have done can’t give answer to all the questions I have in mind.
“One thing that fascinates me is to want to try acting in a film.”