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Cristiano Ronaldo still hasn’t given his 11-year-old son a mobile phone as Man Utd ace fears he’s ‘obsessed with technology’

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Cristiano Ronaldo still hasn’t given his 11-year-old son a mobile phone as Man Utd ace fears he’s ‘obsessed with technology’

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CRISTIANO RONALDO didn’t give his 11-year-old son a cellphone – so he’s not ‘tech-obsessed’.

The Manchester United striker has revealed he fears his son Cristiano Jr will become addicted if he has a phone, like many of his generation.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has continually rejected his son’s requests for a cellphoneCredit: Getty

A recent UK study found that most children own a mobile phone by the age of seven and nine out of ten children have their own device by the age of 11.

Asked at Dubai’s Al Wasl Plaza if technology has helped him become a football star, Ronaldo said: “It certainly helps a lot.

“It has helped me and people here around the world, and I think we need to take advantage of it, but we shouldn’t be obsessed with it.

“For example, I can give you a small impression.

“My eldest son is about to turn 12 and he always asks me, ‘Daddy, can I have a phone, can I have a phone, can I have a phone.’

“I tell him: ‘Cristiano, you have time.’

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“I also know that this younger generation is a step ahead of their age, so I agree that we need to take advantage of it but not be obsessed with technology.

“Give them but with a period of time, don’t give them all the time. I think that’s the main point here.

Cristiano Jr turns 12 in June and is the eldest of Ronaldo’s four children – with Georgina currently pregnant with twins.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner says he turned down the youngster’s phone request four years ago.

At the time, the Portuguese icon said: “Junior is very happy and says he wants more siblings, he wants seven.

“I ask him to wait for the future. One day Junior asked me for an iPhone to call me but I told him no. If he wants to call me, he has to go through his grandmother.

“I want to convey to my son the idea that it is not easy to get everything he wants. Education is the best thing I can give him.”

Childwise’s report released in January 2020 found that 90% of children had their own device by age 11.

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The report, based on a survey of 2,167 young British people aged 5 to 16, also found that 53% of young people owned a mobile phone by the age of seven.

Cristianinho, born to an anonymous surrogate before his footballing father met his current partner Georgina Rodriguez, is featured prominently on the Netflix show ‘I Am Georgina’ on his journey from rags to riches.

In one scene, she jokes that the youngster needs to introduce her to his girlfriend after he comes out that he is already dating.



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