Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Roberto Carlos are both talking about retirement, the future and life amongst their fellow ‘Geriatricos’at Real Madrid.
Their has long been a trend for north Europeans to head south and spend their golden years in Spain. Ruud Van Nistelrooy has clearly settled in very quickly at his new club and has told reporters “I want to retire here”The Dutchman, however, is not thinking of putting his feet up for a while yet and still has plenty of ambition “Each day I try to be a better player”
"I want to win the Champions League and a lot more trophies. This is a totally new challenge. I won four trophies with United, but I want more and Madrid has made me believe. I feel like a 20-year-old again.”
The 30 year old added “At this time in my career, moving here was the best thing that could have happened”
Whilst we are on the subject of retirement, Roberto Carlos has announced his that he is hanging up his boots in international football.
The 33 year old denies that criticism he received for his world cup performances in Germany this summer did not influence his decision. He said “Even if we would have won the competition, I had already made the decision of not playing anymore for Brazil.
"I think that the criticism that I received in Brazil was not fair, but they didn't make me decide to quit my international duty, it was a decision that I already made.
"Now I am having some rest and only thinking of Real Madrid. My family suffered a lot after the World Cup.
During his time with Brazil, Carlos earned 132 caps and scored 11 goals, while featuring in three World Cup finals.
Many thought that Roberto Carlos would be one of the first casualties of Capello’s new regime at Real Madrid, but the player, who claims he turned down a move to Chelsea, remains with the club. It will not come as a surprise, however, if the player does not feature in Capello’s long term plans.