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Ronaldo tips Juve for Champions League success

30th July 2019, 12:31 by Tom McGarry

Cristiano Ronaldo expects Juventus to claim Champions League glory within the next two years.

It is 23 years since the Old Lady last won Europe's premier club competition, but they have had a number of near misses over recent campaigns, reaching the final in both 2015 and 2017.

Portugal star Ronaldo knows what it takes to lift the Champions League - he has done so five times during his career with Manchester United and Real Madrid - but he could not help Juve beyond the quarter-finals last term.

However, the 34-year-old is confident Juventus will reign supreme in Europe within the next two years, although he knows it will be anything but a foregone conclusion.

"As I always say, we mustn't be obsessed with the Champions League. Juventus will win it, if not this year, even if I hope we do, then it'll be the next," Ronaldo told Marca.

"Over the next two seasons, considering the way we're working, we have all the ingredients to win."

Ronaldo will turn 35 before this season's Champions League final, but he insists retirement is still a long way from his mind and he hopes to keep playing until he is 40.

"I am not remotely worried that I'm getting older and I don't think there's a physical issue, but rather it's the psychological factor that will decide when I retire," he added.

"I hope that nothing happens until I turn 40, but if it does, then that's life. Everything has a beginning and an end, so Cristiano cannot last forever."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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