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Ronaldo still has plenty left in the tank, says Santos

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Ronaldo still has plenty left in the tank, says Santos

Ronaldo still has plenty left in the tank, says Santos

Cristiano Ronaldo can play for three or four more years at the highest level if he wants, according to Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

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Ronaldo still has plenty left in the tank, says Santos

SHOWS: PORTO, PORTUGAL (JUNE 8, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PORTUGAL COACH, FERNANDO SANTOS, SAYING: (OFFICIAL TRANSLATION) "Yes I already said I'm never surprised.

I was surprised when he played for me in Sporting; very young - 19 years old - I shouldn't have played him against Manchester United at the stadium inauguration because he went there and I lost him.

But already at that time you could see his special quality this player had.

He has been proving himself throughout the years.

He is a fantastic player and only a fantastic player can continue to play at this level and I'd give him another three or four years more and his goal is very clear and he's very determined, he's always very fit and he trains to his limit and his private life as well helps him with this." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PORTUGAL COACH, FERNANDO SANTOS, SAYING: "I will answer again about Cristiano Ronaldo.

He will play tomorrow and he's team captain, a very important player for us and I believe Cristiano will continue to give much enjoyment at club level and also the national team." STORY: Cristiano Ronaldo can play for three or four more years if he wants, according to Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick on Wednesday (June 5) as Portugal beat Switzerland 3-1 to reach the UEFA Nations League final where they will meet the Netherlands at Porto's Estadio Dragao on Sunday (June 9).

Wednesday's hat-trick was Ronaldo's seventh for Portugal and a remarkable 53rd in his career and at the age of 34 he shows no sign of slowing down.

Santos told reporters at the news conference ahead of the final that Ronaldo could continue to sparkle for both club and country until he's 38.

Portugal are looking to win their second title in three years having won Euro 2016 and this time it would be on home soil.

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio said it would be a very proud moment for the team to play for a title in front of a home crowd.




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