Cristiano Ronaldo: I can stay at the highest level for the years to come

The Portugal captain, who turned 33 on Monday, has shown signs of a dramatic decline in his form this season for the first time in his glittering career.

On a personal level, this is a fantastic time for me. I have a growing family and I am very happy with my life.

“On a professional level, I have had two very good years in which I have won titles with my club and with my national team. I feel that I can keep going at the highest level for years to come.”

To maintain this level, you need to make sacrifices. There are certain things that I could do when I was 20 that I can’t do today. You have to try and find a balance. It’s the finer details that make a difference.

“I am ambitious, very ambitious. People should chase their dreams. I chased mine and I want to keep doing so, to improve and achieve even more goals. I believe I’ve had some memorable performances throughout my career but can’t recall any in particular. I try to focus myself more on the present than on the past.”

Ronaldo and struggling Real Madrid sit fourth in La Liga, 19 points of league leaders and rivals Barcelona. They host Real Sociedad on Saturday before a showdown with Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday for the first leg of their round of 16 tie.