Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother admits she considered having an abortion when pregnant with him
The extraordinary revelation is made in a new documentary about the Real Madrid star’s rise from humble beginnings to world football iconCristiano Ronaldo’s mother has admitted she considered having an abortion when she was pregnant with him.
The extraordinary revelation is made in the new film Ronaldo, which charts the Real Madrid star’s rise from humble beginnings to the summit of world football.
Ronaldo’s mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, opened up in the film, explaining how she thought about having a termination when she found out she was expecting the 30-year-old global superstar.
In the film, Maria says: “He is a child that I wanted to abort. God didn’t want that to happen and I was blessed because of that and God didn’t punish me. Sometimes Ronaldo makes fun of me and says ‘You didn’t want me to be born. But now you see that I’m here helping all of you.’ And, well, sometimes we have a laugh about that.
The film, from the makers of the acclaimed Senna documentary about the life of the late Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, follows a year in the life of Ronaldo.
Charting his obsession with the Ballon d’Or and fierce rivalry with Lionel Messi, the film also gives a unique insight into Ronaldo’s friends and family, focusing heavily on his relationship with his five-year-old son, Cristiano Jr.
Ronaldo opens up about the loss of his father, Dinis — an alcoholic who died at the age of 53 in 2005, when his son was playing for Manchester United.
“He would drink nearly every day,” said Ronaldo, speaking in the film. “It frustrates me that he was never able to see my successes.”
Ronaldo’s regret over his lack of a relationship with his father explains the close bond he has with his son, of whom he has sole custody.
The star has never revealed the identity of the boy’s mother and maintains that stance throughout the film.
On Messi, Ronaldo said: “Over the past year, our relationship has improved. I see him not as a rival but as a person. I see him as someone who makes me a better player and I make him a better player.”
One of the most memorable scenes in the film sees Messi come over to Ronaldo and his son prior to the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich in January this year and kiss Ronaldo Jr on the cheek, the rivalry between the two men forgotten in that one touching moment.
Ronaldo is released in cinemas, on DVD, Blue-Ray and digital download on Monday.