Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo broke down in tears as he expressed regret about his late father not living to see him become a superstar.
Ronaldo was just 20 when Jose Dinis Aveiro died of liver failure, the ex-soldier having struggled with alcoholism for much of his adult life.
He promptly dried his eyes after he was shown unseen footbage of his dad taking pride at the rapid progress he had made during Euro 2004.
“I never saw the video. Sorry,” the 34-year-old told ITV.
“To be No 1 and he doesn’t see anything... He doesn’t see me win awards, never.
“My family see, my mum, my brothers, even my oldest son, but my father, he didn’t see anything.
“[It means] 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.”
The 34-year-old then confessed how the rape allegations of 2018, which were dropped in July, made him too ‘embarrassed’ to watch TV with his children.
“They play with your dignity. It’s hard. You have a girlfriend, you have a family. You have kids.
“When they play with your honesty, it’s bad, it’s hard. I remember one day I was at home in the living room with my girlfriend, watching the television to see the news.
“I listened to my kids coming down the stairs and I changed the channel because I was embarrassed.
“I felt embarrassed. I just changed the channel for Cristiano Jr not to see that they speak bad about his father about a very bad case.
“It makes me feel so bad to be honest.”
On a more positive note, the No 7 was full of praise for girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, whom he plans to marry ‘one day’.
“It was like magic. She a part of me, she’s helped me so much. I’m in love with her and I have so much passion for her.
“She’s great, she’s my friend, we’ve had conversations. I opened my heart to her and she opened her heart to me. [She’s] probably the greatest love of my life.
“We’ll be [married] one day, for sure. It’s my mum’s dream as well. So, one day. Why not?”
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