My alcoholic father didn’t see the superstar in me
Cristiano Ronaldo broke down in a TV interview after revealing his alcoholic father never got the chance to see him become a superstar.
The Juventus forward, 34, told Piers Morgan that he barely knew his alcoholic father; former soldier Dinis before he died in 2005 aged 52.
Ronaldo said: “I really don’t know my father 100 per cent. He was a drunk. I never spoke with him, like a normal conversation. It was hard.”
After being shown footage of Dinis giving an interview about his son ahead of Euro 2004 in Portugal, Cristiano welled up on hearing him speak with so much pride.
Ronaldo was asked what makes him sad when reflecting on his dad, who was affected by wars in Mozambique and Angola. The Portuguese star said: “To be the number one and he don’t see nothing, and he don’t see to receive awards, to see what I became.”
The five-time World Player of the Year also spoke about his girlfriend of three years Georgina Rodriguez.
The Spanish model, 25, is the mother of three of his four children. He said: “She helped me so much. Of course I’m in love for her.