The new year has brought renewed optimism for many within football, including Juventus fans who hope that their long wait for Champions League glory will finally come to an end, but Cristiano Ronaldo has warned that it cannot become an obsession.
In the time since the Bianconeri won their last title in 1996, the Portuguese international has been triumphant in the competition as an individual on five occasions, four times with Real Madrid and once with Manchester United.
That has understandably led to increased expectations that Ronaldo is the man to finally lead the club to the promised land in the competition, although he attempted to play that down when discussing what has been a fantastic campaign so far.
“I’m not focused on beating records here, I only want to do what is right for the good of the club but I’m happy with how things are going because 2018 was the best year of my career,” he told Record.
“Winning the Champions League is a dream for everyone here, of course, but it is important that it does not become an obsession. Team trophies are important but you must work very hard to win them.”
The 33-year-old also admitted that he has settled very well into life in Italy so far and has no retirement plans on his mind.
“Juventus and Turin is already my home and I want to do very well here. Everyone has been so nice and welcomed me in such a fantastic way in this city,” he added.
“That has made myself and my family very happy here. In terms of [retirement], I don’t know when my career will end but I do feel good and I want to continue for many more years to come.”