Cristiano Ronaldo was reduced to tears after being shown footage of his late father expressing his pride at his achievements. The video which was filmed sometime in 2004 had his father expressing his pride for Ronaldo’s achievements at the time. The clip which Ronaldo had never seen before brought him to tears when it was played for him during an interview with Piers Morgan an English broadcaster and television personality.
The Juventus star was shown a clip of his late father Jose Dinis Aveiro speaking about him on his doorstep, ahead of the Euro 2004 tournament held in Portugal.
His father, an alcoholic and former soldier, would die of liver failure a year after the video was filmed (2005) at the age of 52, missing out on much of Ronaldo’s success and the birth of his four children.
In tears, Ronaldo said during the hour-long interview with Piers Morgan: ‘I never saw the video. I never saw that video. Unbelievable.’
I think 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 don’t know my father 100 per cent. He was a drunk person. I never spoke with him, like a normal conversation. It was hard.’
Ronaldo was just 20 when his father passed away, meaning he missed many of the biggest moments of his football career.
These include winning five Champions League titles and five Ballon d’Ors as well as leading his country to Euro 2016 and Nations League glory. He also missed the birth of Ronaldo’s four children.
Ronaldo said his father was affected by wars in Mozambique and Angola and added: ‘To be the number one and he don’t see nothing, and he don’t see me receive awards, to see what I became.
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