CRISTIANO Ronaldo was reduced to tears after being shown footage of his late father expressing his pride at his achievements.
The Juventus star was shown the clip of his 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 later 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.”
The Portugal international also revealed how facing a rape allegation left him feeling embarrassed in front of his girlfriend and children. Speaking about the accusation, he said: “It makes you feel so bad.”
“One day I was at home in the living room with my girlfriend and then the news they speak about Cristiano Ronaldo, this and that,” he said. “You listen to your kids coming down the stairs and you change the channel because I was embarrassed, I feel embarrassed.”
American model Kathryn Mayorga claimed the football star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 but Ronaldo strongly denies the claims.
Las Vegas authorities announced last month that there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges against Ronaldo, 34.
Mayorga is pressing ahead with a civil case, but Ronaldo’s lawyers want to have it thrown out – saying the claim was already settled with a pay-off and confidentiality agreement in 2010.
Asked how it felt to hear his father talking of his pride at his son’s achievements, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid player added: “Yes, a lot.
“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. – DailyMail