Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is capable of playing until the age of 40. He revealed that Ronaldo has adapted his game style to help elongate his career. Ronaldo had spent six seasons at Manchester United where he won eight trophies between 2003 and 2009. He has rejoined the club this season on a two-year contract.
“The last time he played here, he was more of a runner, a great dribbler, with pace and power,” former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney said about Cristiano Ronaldo. “Whereas now, he’s a goalscorer. I think his game has adapted dramatically.”
“His ability is obviously one thing, but then he’s also looked after himself massively… he’s still in great condition. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s playing until he’s 40, like Ryan Giggs did, and still scoring goals,” he added. “His teammates will have to work a little harder. But if it’s anything like last time – towards the last two years of playing with him – the team allowed him to do that because he scores your goals, and goals win you games.”
Rooney admitted that despite the fact that Ronaldo is a different player he is more than capable of keeping up with the physical demands of the Premier League. Ronaldo scored 118 goals during his six years at the club. He is set to make his second debut this weekend against Newcastle at Old Trafford.