LONDON: Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently returned to club of the English Premier League, he can continue playing for up to 40 years after adapting his style of play in a way that allows him to continue playing. Ronaldo, 36, spent six seasons with Manchester United between 2003 and 2009, winning eight major titles with him during this period, before returning to the club last August from Juventus, with a two-year contract. “The last time he played here, he was aiming for speed, racing and power,” said Rooney, who coaches Derby County, a club of the English second division. Rooney added: “He is now a top scorer and I think his style of play was in harmony with the new development in dramatic way. “Rooney, Manchester United’s longtime scorer, indicated that his former colleague has become a” completely different player “from 12 years ago, but can still meet the physical requirements of the English Premier League. Rooney added:” Sure, his abilities remain exceptional, but he also takes great care of himself. His level is still excellent. I wouldn’t be surprised if he continued playing until he was 40 like Ryan Giggs. ”Ronaldo is expected to start his second career with United on Saturday against Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
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