Cristiano Ronaldo broke down in tears after being shown a video of his late father praising him as the Juventus and Portugal superstar opened up in an emotional interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo’s father, Jose Dinis Aveiro, died of liver failure in 2005 at the age of 52 after battling alcoholism.
Ronaldo was 20 at the time and playing for Manchester United, and was on the cusp of becoming the global megastar he is today.
The footballer, 34, wept after being shown footage he had never seen before of his father expressing his pride at his son’s achievements at playing for Portugal at Euro 2004.
“I never saw the video. I never saw that video. Unbelievable,” a tearful Ronaldo said.
“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’s father was a former solidier who had served in wars in Mozambique and Angola, and his death meant he did not see his son go on to be crowned as a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or or collect honors such as his five Champions League winners medals or captain Portugal to the European Championship title.