“Cristiano Ronaldo is not the player he once was” – Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs believes Cristiano Ronaldo is not the same player that he once was, but insisted he still has the ability to go on until he’s 40 years old if he wants to.

Giggs retired back in 2014, but he spent six seasons playing alongside Ronaldo for Manchester United before he transferred to Real Madrid. The Portugal international was a resounding success at the Bernabeu, and he opted to leave the Spanish side in the summer to join Juventus.

At 34 years old, questions are being asked of how long Ronaldo can keep playing at such a high level for.

But Giggs, who retired at 40 himself, believes the Juventus star has a lot longer left in the sport. ‘He is no longer the player that he was when he was at 19, 20 but he has adapted his game,’ Giggs told Goal.

‘He went from a winger, who used to beat people, make goals, score goals to now really just an out-and-out goal scorer, and he scores every type of goal, headers, goals in the six-yard box free-kicks and every type of goal.

‘He is also the best professional I have played with. The way he looked after himself, not only in training but also away from the pitch. The way that he eats, the way that he conducts himself.

‘So, I’m not surprised that he is still playing and still at the top of his game.

‘You still have to have that hunger, desire and dedication to go out and train and look after yourself – eat the right way, not drinking alcohol, getting enough sleep and enjoying it. ‘Ronaldo, if you look at him, he still looks after himself.

So, if he still has that hunger, that desire and enjoying it like I said, he can still go until 40 I think.’ Giggs is currently the manager of the Wales national team, having won three of his nine games in charge of the nation to date.

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