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'I Didn't Expect to Cry': Cristiano Ronaldo Sheds Tears During Piers Morgan Interview

The “King of Football” Cristiano Ronaldo broke down and cried in a profoundly emotional moment during a recent interview, which will air on 17 September.

During the course of a rare hour-long special with the UK’s Piers Morgan in Turin, Italy, the Juventus and Portugal star opened up about his life and the ups-and-downs of his career.

When Ronaldo was shown footage he had not seen before of his father Jose Dinis Aveiro speaking about him on his doorstep, before the Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal, he could barely contain his tears.

His father, an ex-military man and alcoholic, passed away of liver failure a year later, aged 52.

Ronaldo said:

“I never saw the video. I never saw that video. Unbelievable.”

Moved after hearing his father talking about him with such glowing pride, he continued:

“I [thought] the interview would be funny, but I didn't expect to cry. But I never saw these images. I don't know where you... I have to have these images to show my family.”

“But I really [didn't] know my father 100 percent. He was a drunk person. I never spoke with him, like a normal conversation. It was hard.”

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player was just 20 when his father passed away, so he missed out on much of his son’s success in his football career.

He also missed the birth of Ronaldo’s four children.

“To be the number one and he don't see nothing, and he don't see me receive awards, to see what I became.

My family see, my mum, my brothers, even my old son, but my father, he didn't see nothing, and it was... he died young,” lamented the celebrity.

A childhood friend of Dinis Aviero, who served with him in the army, said that he used to brag about how his son would be the best player in the world one day. He also claimed that as war veterans, he and Ronaldo's father “were abandoned”.
He said:

“The war veterans didn't have any money and no work. Of course when I see Ronaldo, I remember his dad. He had problems and didn't have anything to eat, so he would turn to drinking. His friends would buy him drinks. He didn't have any money. He didn't eat properly.”

It was Ronaldo's mother, Dolores Aveiro, who has supported the footballer throughout his career.

In a revealing moment in 2014, Dolores admitted she had tried to abort Cristiano by drinking warm beer and running “till she dropped”, after doctors refused to help her.

She said:

“He told me when he found out, 'Look mum, you wanted to abort and now I'm the one who's pulling the purse-strings in the house.'”

Steering the conversation to love, Ronaldo gushed about how much his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez means to him:

"She helped me so much. Of course I'm in love for her. We'll be (married) one day, for sure. It's my mum's dream as well. So, one day. Why not? It's great. She's my friend. We have conversations. I open the heart for her and she open the heart for me.”

Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, footballers ever to play the game.

His illustrious career boasts five Ballon d’Or awards, four golden boots, six league titles in three countries, five European Champions Leagues and one European championship with his national team Portugal.

He is also one of the most famous people on the planet, if social media is anything to go by, with more than 183 million followers on Instagram.

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