Cristiano Ronaldo has been a family man ever since he emerged in the soccer world. The Portuguese has been spotted at award ceremonies quite a few times with his mother and son in the past. And this time around Ronaldo has talked about wanting to play with his son on the field.
The former Real Madrid forward’s son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., is a budding soccer player training to become a professional in the game. The 12-year-old is currently training with an academy in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. He has previously played for Manchester United and Juventus’s academy teams.
While the youngster is still starting his journey as a professional player, Ronaldo has talked about his son’s feelings to play alongside his father on the field. Talking in an interview some years back, Ronaldo stated that his son wanted to play with his father before retiring.
Cristiano Ronaldo: “My son often tells me, Dad hold on for a few more years, I want to play with you.”
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He said: “Sometimes my son will say to me, ‘Dad, keep going for a few more years, as I want to be able to play with you’.”
Ronaldo is entering the twilight of his career after his transfer out of Europe. He still believes that even though he is aging, he can still play alongside his son before calling it quits.
He further added: “That would be very difficult, but I can do it. You never know.”
It will be interesting to see whether Cristiano will have it in him to continue till his son becomes a professional player. The 12-year-old still has a long way to go to complete his dream of playing with his father.
Cristiano Ronaldo thinks his son isn’t ready yet
Even though Ronaldo would want to share the pitch with his son, he feels like Ronaldo Jr. isn’t ready yet. Ronaldo has previously mentioned that his son eats a lot of junk food which angers him as it isn’t good for a player’s fitness.
Cristiano Ronaldo on his son: “We’ll see if he’ll be a great player. He’s not yet. Sometimes he drinks coke, he eats fries and he knows I get mad. I tell him to treadmill and then dive into cold water to recover, and he says: “Dad, but it’s so cold.” It’s normal because he’s… pic.twitter.com/89wQbNJtzW
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He stated: “We’ll have to wait and see if my son becomes a great player. At times he eats crisps and drinks fizzy drinks and he knows that makes me angry.”
The next few years would really be crucial for the father and son duo. Cristiano would want to keep continuing at the top level for quite a few more years. His son, on the other hand, is entering his crucial developmental years as a professional soccer player.
It remains to be seen where Ronaldo and his son will be after a few years and whether their dream would be fulfilled. For now, Ronaldo would like to stay fit and win the league with his new club, Al-Nassr.