Cristiano Ronaldo told he can dominate Premier League at Man Utd "until 39"

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be a force in the Premier League for years to come, says Teddy Sheringham.

The Portuguese was snapped up from Juventus for £12.85 million last month, having left the club 12 years earlier.

Despite being 36 years old he penned a two-year deal with the option for a further year.

But Ronaldo has been hot off the mark and bagged a brace against Newcastle. He also scored the opener against Young Boys in the Europa League on Tuesday.

Sheringham, who holds the record as the oldest outfield player to feature in a Premier League match at 40 years old and 272 days, reckons the veteran forward will be able to maintain his form.

"I think he can keep it up," Sheringham said.

"Once you get past 36, with the ups and downs of the Premier League, it's tough being kicked and getting yourself up for the next game.

"But he knows what it's all about and knows how to score a goal – he's going to be alright.

"The main thing when you get to 33 or 34 is to make sure that you're not carrying any weight – and he's definitely not doing that.

"He's also not had any major injuries and he's still got the desire.

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"Those three things are massive if you want to carry on playing.

"It's got nothing to do with the money. He wants to enjoy getting the most out of his body and getting the most out of his career.

"I can see him carrying on like this throughout the season, next season and possibly even until he's 39 as well."

In addition to Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho was drafted in from Borussia Dortmund for £73 million and Raphael Varane cost £34 million from Real Madrid this summer.

Sheringham, however, isn't convinced the big spending will be enough.

"I don't know if it makes them genuine title contenders, it's a lot to do with the manager as well," he added.

"You're coming up against other very good managers, who also have very good teams.

"Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea has made a massive difference, we all know about Jurgen Klopp and I love Pep Guardiola.

"You've got to get Ole Gunnar Solskjaer up to that level. He's got the talent in his squad to match them player for player, but that little fine-tuning from the manager could be the difference for me."

Sheringham was speaking at Maurice Newman’s charity Golf Day in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Visit

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
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