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Carlo Ancelotti backs ‘phenomenon’ Cristiano Ronaldo to play until 40

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Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti reckons Cristiano Ronaldo has all the required attributes to keep on playing until he’s at the age of 40.

Despite reaching his 34th birthday in February, Ronaldo continues to prove doubters wrong in regards to concerns over his age and the €112m price tag Juventus forked out to sign him from Real Madrid last summer.

The Portuguese forward has enjoyed a remarkable debut campaign in Turin and took no time at all in adapting to the demands of Italian football. In fact, Ronaldo has delivered 26 goals and 12 assists in his 38 appearances for Juventus.

Furthermore, medicals results in Italy last summer revealed that Ronaldo has a physical capacity of a 20-year-old.

While his first season at Juventus will be without a Champions League trophy for the first time since 2015, Ancelotti reckons there will plenty more chances for Ronaldo to win a record sixth title.

Furthermore, the now-Napoli coach reckons his old star man will play a key role in moulding the career of young star Moise Kean at Juventus.

“I was impressed and surprised by Kean,” said Ancelotti, according to Goal.

“His beginning of the year was amazing and there’s been careful management of the player, on and off the field.

“He has the good fortune of training with a phenomenon of the calibre of Cristiano.

“He’ll play up to 40 years old because he not only has a great physique but he has the intelligence, the strength and the determination to improve every day.”

Kean, who has scored seven goals in his last 10 outings for Juventus, will be expected to drop to the bench this Saturday in favour of Ronaldo’s return to the line-up.

Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri is expected to field his strongest team against Fiorentina in order to seal an eighth consecutive Serie A title this weekend.

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TURIN, ITALY – MARCH 30: Moise Keane of Juventus holds off the challenged by Ismael Bennacer of Empoli during the Serie A match between Juventus and Empoli at Allianz Stadium on March 30, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)