Cristiano Ronaldo was reduced to tears after being shown footage of his late father expressing his pride at his achievements.
The Juventus and Portugal 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, 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.
The footballer has frequently spoken about how his father’s dependence on alcohol made him stay away from drinking.
In tears, Ronaldo said during the hour-long interview with Piers Morgan: ‘I never saw the video. I never saw that video. Unbelievable.’
Cristiano Ronaldo broke down in tears during an interview with Piers Morgan on Thursday
The Juventus star was overcome with emotion after seeing new footage of his late father
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.
Ronaldo said his father was affected by wars in Mozambique and Angola and added: ‘To be the number one and he don’t see nothing, and he don’t see me receive awards, to see what I became.
Jose Dinis Aveiro was an alcoholic and died of liver failure at the age of 52 in 2005
Cristiano Ronaldo with his parents at the age of 10. He has admitted to never really knowing his father
Ronaldo with his four children and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez. He said that he plans on marrying her one day
Ronaldo has frequently spoken about how is father’s battle with alcoholism kept him away from drinking
‘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.’
A childhood friend of Dinis Aviero, who served with him in the army, once said that the soldier bragged about how his son would be the best player in the world one day.
According to ESPN, another friend said that, after the war, he and Ronaldo’s father ‘were abandoned’.
He said: ‘The war veterans didn’t have any money and no work. Of course when I see Ronaldo, I remember his dad. He had problems and didn’t have anything to eat, so he would turn to drinking. His friends would buy him drinks. He didn’t have any money. He didn’t eat properly.’
Ronaldo also revealed he plans to marry his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez one day.
She is the mother of three of his four children and, talking about her, Ronaldo said: ‘She helped me so much. Of course I’m in love for her.
‘We’ll be (married) one day, for sure. It’s my mum’s dream as well. So, one day. Why not?
‘It’s great. She’s my friend. We have conversations. I open the heart for her and she open the heart for me.’
He made the comments during an interview with Piers Morgan. Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan airs Tuesday at 9pm on ITV
Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan airs Tuesday at 9pm on ITV.