Cristiano Ronaldo: I will live like a king - and I will not be a coach

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates
Image: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo will not go into coacing

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo says he will not become a coach after his playing career finishes and instead intends to "live like a king".

In a wide-ranging interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo, he admitted that football doesn't always hold his interest.

Ronaldo's Real Madrid will come up against Gary Neville's Valencia live on Sky Sports on Sunday, and while his former team-mate has made the move into coaching, the Portuguese superstar insists his focus will be elsewhere.

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The former Manchester United man says he fully intends to enjoy himself once he finally decides to call time on his glittering career.

"I have a top life, but I think I am going to enjoy it more when I finish my career, when I have time to do what I like," the 30-year-old said.

"This Saturday there is a boxing bout in Las Vegas and I would like to take my friends and family to see it, and I can't because I don't have time.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match against Real Sociedad
Image: Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Real Sociedad

"I am not going to cry about it now because I am making a sacrifice in inverted commas, but after I want to live like a king."

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Ronaldo is the world's third highest paid athlete according to American business magazine Forbes with an annual income just shy of $80m dollars.

And he believes he will continue to work on his brand once he retires from playing rather than a more traditional move into coaching.

Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo has won the last two Ballon d'Or prizes
Image: Ronaldo has won the last two Ballon d'Or prizes

"If you ask me now if I want to be a coach, I would say no. Nor a sporting director or president of a club," he added.

"Since I was 27 I have had my own line of clothes and I want my brand to keep growing because football will finish in five, six, seven or 10 years."

The Portuguese captain's success has also attracted critics of his, at times, apparently egotistical nature.

A guest, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlo Ancelotti and Jorge Mendes attending the world premiere of Ronaldo at Vue West End Cinema in Leicester Square
Image: Ronaldo is looking forward to living 'like a king'

His decision to go ahead with a lavish 30th birthday hours after Madrid had lost 4-0 to Atletico Madrid in the capital derby in February dominated headlines in Spain for weeks afterwards.

Yet, despite admitting to making mistakes, Ronaldo believes it is his confidence that has moulded his talents into a three-time World Player of the Year.

Ronaldo discusses his childhood heroes. Footage courtesy of Unscriptd

"Many people say they don't regret anything. That is a lie," he added.

"I at least regret things a lot, but that also explains the kind of person you are. I am like this. If all I have achieved in football is by being like this then you can't ask me to change.

"If people ask me to improve, I accept it, but to change is very difficult."

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