Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho has emphasised his status as a role model talking about the sacrifice to play football at the highest level.

The £5 million star sat down for a short interview with the club’s official website before heading off for international duty with Portugal.

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Moutinho has already amassed 140 caps for his country.

He will go in pursuit of two more against Ireland and Serbia, and will no doubt be keen to go to next year’s Worlc Cup in Qatar.

Moutinho has the second-most caps in Portugal’s history, second only to Cristiano Ronaldo.

It is an outstanding achievement, from a player who has also racked up over 700 appearances at club level.

He turned 35 recently, but Moutinho is still going strong and the player put his durability and consistency down to a willingness to make sacrifices.

He said: “It’s in my blood because all my family, there is something. My father, football and my mother basketball.

“When I start to play football, you have to have your own characteristics and do your best in every single training [session] and every single game to show you can play like a professional player.

 

“To play at this level, you need to do some things that are better. Choosing your food. To rest every single day because you have a good session in the morning and afternoon.

“You can’t do everything you want – that’s the sacrifice. But it’s not a sacrifice for me because I want this.”

Moutinho is an amazing role model

Moutinho has had a tremendous playing career.

It’s remarkable to look at how many games he has played, and how he is still able to be a regular pick even in his mid-thirties.

The man is as durable as they come, and obviously has incredible in-game intelligence.

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It is fascinating to listen to him about how he’s been able to stay at the top level.

There is no doubt Moutinho is a brilliant role model.

Hopefully, he sticks around for a coaching role at Molineux when he hangs up his boots as has already been discussed.

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