Cristiano Ronaldo ‘keen to play in 2026 World Cup’ when Man Utd star will be 41

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to make history by playing at the 2026 World Cup, according to reports.

The Manchester United star has already appeared at four tournaments, having made his debut at Germany 2006.

Providing they both stay injury free, Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who also made his first World Cup appearance 15 years ago, are set to play in their fifth World Cup next winter.

In doing so, they will join German icon Lothar Matthaus and Mexican pair, Rafael Marquez and Antonio Carbajal, who did the same.

Ronaldo has no intentions of quitting the international game after Qatar and wants to continue for Portugal.

According to The Sun, the Manchester United forward is keen to play up until the 2026 World Cup, which will be hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico.

The 36-year-old is extremely fit and remains in good shape despite his advancing years, while boasting an outstanding injury-free record.

Ronaldo will be 41 if he plays on, stays injury free and makes it to World Cup in 2026.

Until then, however, the former Real Madrid and Juventus man will have his sights focused on next year's tournament in Qatar.

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Portugal have not booked their place in the Middle East just yet and face a crunch qualifying tie with Group A leaders Serbia during the next international break.

Ronaldo will be hoping to score the goals to send his country to Qatar and with it increase his lead as the all-time top international goalscorer.

As it stands, he has scored a staggering 115 goals in 182 appearances for his country, a tally that is unlikely to be matched in the near future.

The United hero has not talked about retiring any time soon, and continues to deliver on a regular basis for both club and country.

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