Cristiano Ronaldo has broken down in tears after being shown footage of his late father during a television interview.
The Juventus and Portugal star saw the film of Jose Dinis Aveiro, an alcoholic who died of liver failure at the age of 52, speaking about his son on his doorstep during an hour-long chat with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo, crying, said: “I never saw the video. I never saw that video. Unbelievable.”
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 died and missed many of the biggest moments of his career, which include five Champions League titles, the same number of Ballons d’Or and leading his country to Euro 2016 and Nations League glory.
The 34-year-old father of four said: “My family see, my mum, my brothers, even my old son, but my father, he didn’t see nothing, and it was… he died young.”
Ronaldo also revealed he plans to marry his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez one day, but not just yet.
He said: “We’ll be (married) one day, for sure. It’s my mum’s dream as well. So, one day. Why not?”
Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan airs Tuesday at 9pm on ITV
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Captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals to take his international tally to 93, as Portugal beat Lithuania 5-1 in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday.
It was Ronaldo’s eighth hat-trick for his country and the 54th of his career.
After the match, Fernando Santos couldn’t help but wax lyrical about his superstar – watch his thoughts in the video above.
Midfielder William Carvalho completed the victory for Portugal, while Vytautas Andriuskevicius was on target for Lithuania.
Portugal remain second in Group B with eight points, five behind leaders Ukraine with one game in hand.
Serbia are third, Lithuania lie bottom on one point.
Portugal head coach Fernando Santos praised star man Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifier against Lithuania.
The Juventus forward now has 89 goals in 159 run-outs for his country and will aim to add to this tally on Tuesday.
Watch the video above …