‘When he is 50, FIFA will invite him to a game of legends and he will score… I am sure it will be like that’: Jose Mourinho hails Cristiano Ronaldo after latest record-breaking exploits
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times for Portugal against Lithuania on Tuesday
- Ronaldo has broken Robbie Keane’s record for most goals in Euro qualifiers
- Overall, the Juventus star has netted 93 goals for his country in 160 matches
- Jose Mourinho has since hailed his compatriot, labelling him a ‘phenomenon’
Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, scored four times during Portugal’s 5-1 victory over Lithuania to break Robbie Keane’s record for most goals in European Championship qualifiers.
The Portuguese international has now netted a remarkable 93 times overall for his country in 160 appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo is showing no signs of slowing up for either Juventus or Portugal
And Mourinho, who managed Ronaldo at Spanish giants Real Madrid between the years of 2010-2013, has labelled his compatriot a ‘phenomenon’ who will continue to keep taunting defences even when he is 50 years old.
‘What Cristiano does does not surprise me,’ Mourinho told Portuguese TV channel 11. ‘At 34, he is a top player, who plays in a top team and has top ambitions.
‘It does not surprise me because he is a case study in genetic terms, and mentality as well.
‘He is a phenomenon, someone who only thinks about winning and doing it more and more and better. That is why I am not surprised at all what he does.
‘When he is 50 years old he will be at home and FIFA will invite him to a game of legends. He will play the game and score a goal. I am sure it will be like that.’
Jose Mourinho, who managed Ronaldo at Real Madrid, has labelled him a ‘phenomenon’