Cristiano Ronaldo said he has six or seven years left in his career, and when it’s over, he plans to go out on top.
To the Portuguese superstar, that means no moves to Major League Soccer.
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With Real Madrid on an international break, Ronaldo was in the UK to make an appearance on an English talk show, where he took a slight dig at some players who have chosen to end their careers in supposed “lesser” leagues, such as MLS or in the Middle East.
In my mind I want to finish in the top level. I want to finish with dignity so in a good club.
It doesn’t mean that to go USA or Qatar or Dubai is not good but I don’t see myself [going].
The moves by Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Andrea Pirlo to MLS after storied careers in Europe have been well documented, though all three players struggled a bit in their first seasons in America. After 17 years with Barcelona, Xavi moved to Qatar last summer, a league known for dishing out massive contracts to attract aging superstars.
When it comes to Ronaldo, he surely doesn’t need the money. However, his wide array of off-the-field ventures has aided the belief that a move to the United States could be beneficial for his brand.
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For now, Ronaldo said he is happy at Real Madrid. But when he is no longer playing at this elite level and a massive contract offer comes in from a major MLS market, say Miami or Los Angeles, he may start to rethink his options.