Cristiano Ronaldo will still be at the peak of his powers in 2018, according to the Portuguese national physio.
Manchester United's ambitions to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo took a knockout blow when the Real Madrid superstar signed a contract extension until 2018.
The former Old Trafford icon's previous contract was set to expire in 2015, and United had previously held out hope of convincing Madrid to part ways with the forward, said to have held meetings with Ronaldo and his representatives early in the summer.
So if United did harbour hopes of ever bringing him back, they will have to wait a long while.
However if they did pull off such a mega-move in a few years, there is good news to look forward to.
Ronaldo's national team physio, Antonio Gaspar, has been telling Spanish newspaper Marca that he believes the 27-year-old can perform at the same stratosphereic level he has been for many seasons to come.
He said: "I think an athlete like him can easily carry on until 33. In fact, in his case, I reckon that, barring anything untoward, he will be at the peak of his powers even longer, until 35.
"He's a super-athlete, way above the average in that sense, and he's also a top professional who takes perfect care of himself and doesn't miss a trick when it comes to his diet and recovery time. Real Madrid knows what it's doing, it's not a gamble, and Ronaldo will be at the top of his game until the end of his contract."
For clubs hoping they will be chosen by Ronaldo to continue his career-path after his contract expires it's good news. It likely boils down to two, Ronaldo has expressed a desire to return to Old Trafford at some stage, but a return to original club Sporting Lisbon could also be on offer, providing he does not extend his deal and retire at Real.
It's a long time to wait, but Gaspar's comments should tell United fans that if the former number seven does ever make it back to Old Trafford in a home shirt, it will be worth waiting for.
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