MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo insists he could remain living in Madrid at the end of his career due to his love of the Spanish capital.
The three-time World Player of the Year has just over two years remaining on his contract with the Spanish giants.
Ronaldo has been constantly linked with a move back to Manchester United or to Paris Saint-Germain despite becoming Madrid's all-time record goalscorer with 347 goals in just seven years at the club.
Yet, he insisted he is happy in Madrid and could continue to live there after he hangs up his boots.
"I love to live in Madrid and I would love to continue living here at the end of my career because it is a country that has given me a lot of what I have," Ronaldo told Real's website.
"The people are phenomenal, it is close to Portugal and the climate is good." Despite his incredible scoring record, Ronaldo's time at Madrid has been blighted by a lack of trophies.
The 31-year-old has only won one La Liga title and one Champions League to go with a host of individual awards.
However, he is confident his legendary status at the club is assured.
"I always thought about coming here to show that I was the best.
"I try to do it year after year, not just with titles but with goals and performances. Bit-by-bit I am leaving my mark everywhere I go.
"It is always positive to know that the fans back you. I feel happy and proud when the fans chant my name."