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  Cristiano Ronaldo wants to ‘live like a king’

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to ‘live like a king’

AFP
Published : Jan 3, 2016, 10:20 pm IST
Updated : Jan 3, 2016, 10:20 pm IST

World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed he will “live like a king” once his playing career comes to an end, but has ruled out a move into coaching when he hangs up his boots.

Cristiano Ronaldo
 Cristiano Ronaldo

World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed he will “live like a king” once his playing career comes to an end, but has ruled out a move into coaching when he hangs up his boots.

In a wide-ranging interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo, he admitted football doesn’t always captivate his interest.

“I have a top life, but I think I am going to enjoy it more when I finish my career, when I have time to do what I like,” he said.

“This Saturday there is a boxing bout in Las Vegas and I would like to take my friends and family to see it, and I can’t because I don’t have time.

“I am not going to cry about it now because I am making a sacrifice in inverted commas, but after (retirement) I want to live like a king.” Ronaldo is the world’s third highest paid athlete according to American business magazine Forbes with an annual income just shy of $80 million dollars.

And the 30-year-old believes he will continue to work on his brand once he retires rather than a more traditional move into coaching. “If you ask me now if I want to be a coach, I would say no. Nor a sporting director of a club,” he added.

Location: Spain, Madrid