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Cristiano Ronaldo nails basketball shot while away on Portugal duty

Rory O'Callaghan

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Cristiano Ronaldo nails basketball shot while away on Portugal duty

Cristiano Ronaldo is rightfully viewed as one of the greatest football players in history – and the Portuguese superstar has now proved he has a talent for other sports too.

Ronaldo, 38, is currently away on international duty with Portugal ahead of their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Portugal host Slovakia on Friday before heading to Bosnia on Monday and Ronaldo will no doubt be hoping to add to his 123 international goals.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has already scored 11 goals in as many games for Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr this season and will be looking to carry that form into the international break.

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Portugal's squad met up earlier this week and took time out of their pre-match preparations to play basketball.

A clip of Ronaldo nailing a shot from distance has now circulated on social media, leaving fans of the Portuguese star impressed. Check it out below.

Ronaldo has enjoyed a superb Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with Portugal so far, scoring five goals in as many games.

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Roberto Martinez's men are on the cusp of booking their place at the tournament in Germany next year.

A win over Slovakia and a loss for Luxembourg against Iceland would guarantee Portugal's spot at the tournament.

Ronaldo has reportedly set his sights on competing not only at the Euros but at the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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Spanish publication Cadena COPE claim Ronaldo has told Al Nassr that he would like to sign a contract extension through to 2027, when he will be in his early forties.

That would allow him on final shot at winning the World Cup, the one major trophy that has so far alluded him.

Speaking to reporters in July, Ronaldo announced plans to extend his career to 2024 at the very least, insisting he still had something to prove.

"I always have something to prove, when we have nothing to prove it is a sign that we are dead for life," he said.

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"Every year I always have something to prove. Proving that I can set an example of longevity, at 38-and-a-half years old I think I'll still do very interesting things. What? Goals, assists, good preparation in the Selection, having a good qualifying phase, a good European Championship and continuing to do what I've done in my 21-year career.

"I'll continue to enjoy it the same way. I still feel useful and good. It's continuing to enjoy football, which is what I like most."

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Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Al Nassr, Portugal, Saudi Pro League, Football, Euro 2024

Rory O'Callaghan
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