Football Legend Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday evening treated the world to a unique insight into his private life without mincing words.
Cristiano Ronaldo sat down with Piers Morgan for one of the most revealing interviews that will be talked about for many years to come.
The Juventus star opened up about his father, mother, girlfriend, his career and also some of the controversies that have threatened to derail his illustrious career.
Ronaldo showed a wealth of different emotions. He smiles, he laughs, but also cries during one of the most personal interviews he has ever granted.
1. Rape allegations left him “embarrassed”
Ronaldo was clearly earlier this year of allegations of rape against him, following an incident which happened over a decade ago.
He opened up on the emotional turmoil of the situation and also what the allegations meant for his girlfriend, his kids and his parents.
“They play with your dignity. It’s hard,” he said.
“You have a girlfriend, you have a family. You have kids. When they play with your honesty, it’s bad, it’s hard.
“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.
“You listen to you kids coming down the stairs and you change the channel because I was embarrassed. I feel embarrassed.
“It makes you feel so bad.”
2. Ronaldo’s regret about his father
Ronaldo revealed his devastation that his father was never able to see him win the very top awards in world football.
Dinis Aveiro passed away when Ronaldo was just 20 years old following a liver failure, which was caused by his alcoholism.
While Ronaldo never had the closest father-son relationship, it still pains him that his dad was not able to be there for some of the most iconic moments of his career.
After being shown a video of his dad talking with great pride about Ronaldo, he said: “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.”
Asked what the sadness was, he said: “To be the number one, and he doesn’t see nothing, and he don’t see to receive awards.