Cristiano Ronaldo rarely speaks about his father, but in one interview, he broke down when he saw him during the interview. However, his late father never got to see everything. Cristiano Ronaldo’s father, José Dinis Aveiro, was a gardener in the local government and occasionally worked for Andorinha, the club on Ronald’s native island of Madeira. “CR7” was born as the fourth and youngest child of his father and mother, Maria Dolores, as he has two older sisters and a brother.
Unlike his mother, who was always by his side to take care of him, protect him, and enable him to become a footballer, his father was an alcoholic and died in 2005 from the consequences of the illness while Cristiano was gaining momentum as a great talent at Manchester United. José passed away in September 2005 when Cristiano was just 20 years old. According to the footballer and his mother, the father “was never there,” as he was practically always drunk. Ronaldo’s mother claimed that she hardly knew him at all.
A few years ago, in an interview with the renowned English journalist Piers Morgan, a video clip of an interview from 2004 was shown to Ronaldo, where the TV crew found Ronaldo’s father and asked him about his son. Cristiano laughed and expected it to be a lighthearted interview. It must mean a lot to hear your father say he’s proud. “I expected the interview to be a joke, I didn’t expect to cry.
I’ve never seen this footage. I have to have it for my family. I never really got to know my father. He was a drunk person, we never had a normal conversation, it was hard.
He treated me great, I was pampered like a jewel in the family, and he knew I would succeed as a footballer. And it saddens me…”, Ronaldo couldn’t continue. “My family, my brother, sisters, even my eldest son, and my father saw nothing. He died young, but that’s how it is.
Maybe I achieved everything in football because he’s ‘up there’ giving me energy. I feel that.” How much has he learned from his father’s example and teaches himself and his children what not to do? “I think I am a good father, no one is perfect, I am still learning, but I think I am a good father.
I used the example of my mother, my family, my father… With my example, learned in the family, I tell them they must work hard, respect people,” Ronaldo said in that interview. Especially while playing for Real Madrid and winning four Champions League titles with the “royal club.” BONUS VIDEO: