There are players that don't shy away from the pressure. They thrive when it matters the most, as they get extra motivated when they know everything's on the line.
Throughout the course of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has proven to be one of those kinds of players, always showing up when his team needs him and delivering when it looks like they're doomed.
And, according to Ronaldo himself, that's not a coincidence, as he's a fan of playing the most important games, claiming he would only play such matches at this stage of his career if it were up to him.
“I’ll tell you, if it were up to me, I would only play some important games. Those of the national team and the Champions League. It’s these kinds of games that emerge, those with a stake, a difficult atmosphere, a pressure. After, you have to be pro and perform well every day to honor your family and the club you represent and who pays you for it. So, always give the best," the superstar told France Football.
However, faithful to his nature, the Portuguese claimed that his desire to play only in important matches doesn't have anything to with age or wearing out his body, but just with the fact that he loves that pressure:
"Age is just a number. It does not mean that at 34, 35, 36, you are at the end of your career. I can show that with my performances, how I play, the way I play, the way I still feel good, sharp, thinking about the game, more mature. This makes the difference," the 34-year-old concluded.
Ronaldo recently scored his 700th career goal and it doesn't look like he intends to slow down or retire any time soon, as he's still looking as sharp and fit as he did 10 years ago.