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Rio Ferdinand reveals dressing room battles with Cristiano Ronaldo that ended in tears



Rio Ferdinand’s Competitive Relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo

Rio Ferdinand has revealed that his dressing room battles with Cristiano Ronaldo got so intense that his ultra-competitive former Manchester United teammate was left on the verge of tears – because he couldn’t beat him at table tennis. He was quick to confirm that the story is on the money – and had a good laugh as he described the scenes in the locker room.

‘He was a lot younger than us at the time – borderline bullying, maybe, but it was just trying to, like, build him, build that resilience. ‘We used to play every other day before training, as part of the warm-up. I used to smash him all over the place. ‘He did beat me … it was me and him, [ranked] one and two, like Federer and Nadal. If it was televised, it would have broken records. ‘He used to, like, almost cry and that, he was so competitive.’

Rio Ferdinand’s Charitable Work Award

‘The OBE. I think I got the OBE. CBE? MBE?’ Ferdinand said. For the record, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his charitable work in a ceremony at Windsor Castle, and dedicated the honour to his late mother, Janice.

Rio Ferdinand Bans Children From TikTok and Snapchat

Earlier on his trip Down Under, Ferdinand revealed that he has banned his children from TikTok and Snapchat, even though he admitted doing so has left them ‘on the outskirts’ of their friendship groups at times. ‘My 11 year old daughter (Tia), all of her friends in her class are on TikTok and Snapchat, and I said: “No, you’re not doing it,”‘ the father of four, who is expecting another soon, said.

‘I’ve done it, and I know what’s being pushed and it’s not right. I walked past her bedroom when I first let her have it, and some of the songs she was singing I was thinking, “Wow, I don’t even say the words sometimes on those songs.”‘ The BT Sport commentator said his family, that includes wife Kate and son Cree, 2, as well as kids Lorenz, 16, Tate, 14 and Tia, 11, from his first wife Rebecca Ellison (who died of breast cancer in 2015) have had arguments around the dinner table about social media.

The Impact of Social Media on Their Friendships

And it’s led to him realising it may even impact their friendships – not that it is changing his mind. ‘You don’t know what they’re getting, (but) you know, it’s not all alright, and it’s not for her (Tia) age group,’ Ferdinand said. ‘So I stopped her going on social media, and now the conversation (on social media use) is now like an argument at the dinner table.


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