Can Cristiano Ronaldo become Portugal’s coach post retirement? Ex-United teammate weighs in

Cristiano Ronaldo has made more than 200 appearances for his country, and will be hoping to lead Portugal to the 2024 Euros.

Can Cristiano Ronaldo become Portugal’s coach post retirement? Ex-United teammate weighs in

John O'Shea suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo could take up the role of Portugal manager, after retirement. (via Imago)

Irish interim manager John O’Shea tipped his former Manchester United teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo to take up the role of Portugal national team manager, post retirement. His comments came ahead of Ireland’s friendly match against the 2016 European champions.

There have been growing speculations about the Portuguese star hanging his boots for the national team. But the 39-year old forward has shown no signs of decline. Despite his age, Ronaldo continues to break records, becoming the top goalscorer for the 2023-24 season. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will take part in his 13th major international tournament in Germany.

Ex-Manchester United and Irish star John O’Shea, who shared some time at Old Trafford, alongside Ronaldo, presumed that the Al-Nassr star might continue with the national team even after retirement, preferably as their coach. Highlighting Ronaldo’s commitment and professionalism, O’Shea expressed belief in Ronaldo’s ability to lead Portugal in future tournaments. His experience in handling pressure could benefit Portugal.

I am sure he has plans to carry on in terms of Portugal and where he’s going to go. I’m sure he has ambitions, further down the line, to manage his country also in tournaments to come.
John O’Shea said during pre-match press conference.

Moreover, the former Sunderland player also remarked on the significant contribution Ronaldo had, to Portugal’s Euro qualification campaign. He remained confident in the former Real Madrid star’s ability to make a significant contribution in the upcoming Euros.

Ireland boss expresses admiration for ex-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of friendly against Portugal

Ireland’s boss and ex-Manchester United defender John O’Shea, ahead of the team’s international friendly against Portugal, shared his profound admiration for ex-teammate and Al-Nassr star, Cristiano Ronaldo. During the pre-match press conference, O’Shea stated that Ronaldo was exceptional as a teammate.

Ronaldo and O'Shea
John O’Shea admired ex-United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. (via Chronicle)

Ahead of his reunion with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner tonight, O’Shea was reminded of the time he first came across the Portuguese legend in Lisbon. O’Shea and Ronaldo shared four years at Old Trafford. Describing Ronaldo as an exceptional player, the Irishman highlighted his brilliance through his remarkable character.

Furthermore, he also stated that it was remarkable to witness the Al-Nassr star’s progression from his United days to becoming a football legend, with his trajectory highlighting determination.

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