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Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Will Both Retire In This Decade

Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Will Both Retire In This Decade

Football fans might be excited to see what the next decade of the beautiful game has to offer, but at the same time it's hard to not feel sad knowing that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are set to hang up their boots in the 2020s.

The two titans of world football scored a ridiculous 704 league goals between them in the 2010s - more than Manchester United and the same as Arsenal.

Now 32 and 34 respectively, Messi and Ronaldo have completely dominated the decade just gone, constantly raising one another's game with their performances.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

But there will come a time where the dynamic duo will no longer be playing and the realisation that it's going to happen sooner rather than later has a lot of people feeling a little upset.

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Ronaldo has talked about playing until he is "40 or 41", while Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde says Messi's retirement is "in the air".

But CR7, who has various other ventures going on, already has ideas for what he wants to do when he hangs up his boots.

Speaking at the Dubai International Sports Conference, via AS, he said: "Several years ago, the age of playing football was until 30 to 32, but now you find those who are 40 years old playing on the field.

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"The moment my body is no longer responding in the right way on the field, then it would be the time to leave. I aspire to continue my studies after retiring from football.

"One of the things that I seek to challenge myself in, for example, is acting in a movie. I hope I live more than 50 years to learn new things and face different challenges and try to find solutions for them."

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Josh Lawless

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