Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants to end his career at Real Madrid, dashing Manchester United hopes of ever seeing the Portuguese superstar return to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo also believes he has up to six more years left in his glittering career. The 30-year-old collected a record fourth career European Golden Shoe award earlier this week after netting 48 times in La Liga last term, per Dermot Corrigan on ESPN FC.
He is eyeing yet more awards in the coming years of his career, which he insists will be played out at the Bernabeu, per Spanish newspaper Marca (h/t Eurosport's Dan Quarrell): "My dream is to retire at Real Madrid. If you take care of yourself, you can play until you are 40. I want to continue for five or six more years. I plan to continue [with the same] games and goals average. I feel good and useful at Madrid, I want to keep winning here."
Ronaldo has consistently been linked with a potential move back to United, the club he left for a then-world-record £80 million fee in 2009, per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News.
However, that now seems to be out of the question. It is unsurprising that Ronaldo has committed himself to the Madrid outfit given the success he has enjoyed there, both individually and as part of a team.
He won the 2014 Champions League with Los Blancos and has broken every individual record going, most recently eclipsing Raul's goalscoring tally with a ludicrous goals-to-game ratio, per Sporting Intelligence:
His current contract with Real runs until 2018 and he will undoubtedly be able to negotiate a healthy extension soon given how valuable he is to the club's prospects both domestically and in Europe.
Real boss Rafael Benitez believes Ronaldo has the drive to get even better despite having entered his 30s, per the club's website: "We're talking about a player who is not only smashing records, but who is still hungry for more, full of ambition and capable of improving on his figures even further."
While Ronaldo has committed himself to ending his career at Real there is no guarantee he will not eventually move on.
Paris Saint-Germain have consistently been rumoured to be interested in signing him up, and the financial rewards they could offer may even eclipse Real's, per Jason Burt in the Sunday Telegraph.
Similarly, Ronaldo could potentially be tempted by the change of scene and financial rewards offered in MLS later in his career, per Grant Wahl in Sports Illustrated.
For now, though, he is clearly staying put at the Bernabeu as he looks to guide them to domestic and European glory again in 2015-16.