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Manchester United are resigned to Cristiano Ronaldo playing on with Portugal AFTER next year’s World Cup finals.
The Reds hitman will be 37 in February but is showing no signs of slowing down on the world stage.
Ronaldo is already Europe’s highest goalscorer and most capped player in international football. He has rattled 115 goals in 183 appearances to date.
And the Portuguese skipper has no intention of quitting the world stage as he now targets another monumental personal milestone – smashing the 200-cap barrier.
Portugal are still in pole position to reach Qatar. They lead Group A on goal difference from Serbia, who they host on Sunday needing a point to secure automatic qualification.
Even if the 2016 Euro winners do that and go on to be crowed world champions in 12 months' time – and skipper Ronaldo plays every game between now and then – he will still be a handful of appearances short of his double ton.
That is more bad news for United and their under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
They were hoping Ronaldo might consider retiring from the international scene after the World Cup to focus on his second spell at Old Trafford. They now know that is not going to happen.
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So far this season the ex-Juventus and Real Madrid ace, with a two-year deal at Old Trafford, has found combining club and country duties no problem at all.
Ronaldo, who has spoken about wanting to play at the highest level into his 40s, is currently United’s top scorer – with nine goals in all competitions
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