Cristiano Ronaldo confesses his body can’t do what it did earlier in his career as he endures lacklustre form.
Eight goals in 17 league games would represent a good tally for most players – but Ronaldo isn’t your average footballer.
The Portuguese goal machine has scored 293 in 258 starts for Real Madrid in La Liga over nine-and-half seasons – picking up five Ballon d’Ors along the way.
Those figures may well have slowed down, but in the last two years he has won back-to-back Champions League medals, a domestic title and a European trophy.
Talking to GQ Italy, he said: “On a personal level, this moment is fantastic. My family is growing, I feel very happy with my life.
“On a professional level I have had two very good years in which I have won titles with my club and with the national team, and I feel I can maintain myself at the highest level for years to come.”
Ronaldo has had to adapt him game as he ages, once a player focused on pure speed and power, he now operates as more of a poacher.
The 33-year-old admitted as such: “I try to be at my peak physical level because it is very important for my profession. I have to be at 100 per cent and I take it very seriously.
“Now, I don’t do the same things I did 10 years ago. To maintain yourself at this level you must make sacrifices.
“I can no longer do certain things, surely I cannot do the things I did when I was 20 years old. We must always find a balance. Even the small details make a difference.”