Cristiano Ronaldo Discusses 2022 Qatar World Cup, Future Portugal Plans

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2016

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo gets ready to shoot a free kick during the Euro 2016 qualifying group I soccer match between Portugal and Denmark at the Municipal Stadium in Braga, Portugal, Thursday, Oct. 8 2015. Portugal defeated Denmark 1-0. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
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Cristiano Ronaldo has said he expects the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be his last international tournament with Portugal and is happy the showpiece is being held there.

The national team captain was asked for his take on the competition in Qatar, and told beIN Sports (h/t Manu Sainz of AS, via Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC):

"Very good, for me. I expect Qatar could be my final World Cup. I often go on holidays there, to Qatar as well as Dubai. I am happy because for sure it will be last international tournament."

The 2022 World Cup has attracted a whole host of controversies since Qatar won with their bid to host the tournament, including but not limited to the country's human rights record, the exceedingly hot weatherwhich has necessitated the competition be moved from the summer to the winterand the lack of infrastructure needed to put it on.

Players have largely shied away from commenting on such matters, though, so it would have been a surprise had Ronaldo done so—particularly as he holds ambitions to play in it.

The 31-year-old will be 37 when the tournament comes around, so it can obviously be inferred he plans to play on until at least then. 

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The forward keeps himself tremendously fit, though in order to ensure the longevity needed to keep playing at 37 he'll have to learn how to manage his body correctlysomething Sky Sports' Guillem Balague does not believe he is currently doing.

Ronaldo is Portugal's all-time top scorer with 55 goals and will soon surely become their most capped player as he is just five appearances away from surpassing Luis Figo's record of 127.