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Jose Mourinho tips Cristiano Ronaldo to still score goals at 50

Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid
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Jose Mourinho is the latest big-name to praise Cristiano Ronaldo after his four-goal haul for Portugal, and revealed he doesn’t expect the goals to end anytime soon.

Ronaldo once again made history after scoring four times to help Portugal grab a crucial 5-1 win at Lithuania in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday. It saw them retain second place in Group B, and a qualification spot for next summer’s tournament.

The Juventus star, meanwhile, surpassed Robbie Keane to become the all-time record scorer in European qualifiers on 25 goals.

The quadruple in Lithuania was also Ronaldo’s eighth hat-trick in international football, which took his tally up to a record 93 goals. Only Iranian legend Ali Daei has scored more times in international football on 109 goals.

And Mourinho, who coached Ronaldo at Real Madrid for three years, believes his old star player will likely never stop scoring.

“What Cristiano does, does not surprise me,” the Portuguese coach told TV channel 11.

“At 34, he is a top player, who plays in a top team and has top ambitions.

“It does not surprise me because he is a case study in genetic terms, and mentality as well.

“He is a phenomenon, someone who only thinks about winning and doing it more and more and better. That is why I am not surprised at all what he does.

“When he is 50 years old he will be at home and FIFA will invite him to a game of legends. He will play the game and score a goal. I am sure it will be like that.”

Ronaldo actually managed 168 goals and 49 assists in 164 appearances under Mourinho during their time together at Real.

Although things between the pair weren’t always so cosy in Spain, with Emmanuel Adebayor recalling a time Mourinho “killed” Ronaldo after scoring a hat-trick back in April.

Now Ronaldo’s focus will return to Italy for Juventus’ trip to Fiorentina in the Serie A on Saturday.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – JUNE 09: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal looks on during the UEFA Nations League Final between Portugal and the Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 09, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)