Dolores Aveiro, Cristiano Ronaldo's mother, has revealed that she tried to terminate her pregnancy with the Portuguese footballer.
Ronaldo, 29, has gone on to become one of the world's greatest footballers, winning numerous trophies and setting individual records across his career.
But in a candid autobiography entitled Mother Courage from his mother, Aveiro claims she came close to abortion, even resorting to her own plan when a doctor said no.
As per the Irish Independent:
"I wanted to abort but the doctor didn't support my decision,” she admits in the book.
She went on to explain she drank warm ale and "ran till she dropped" without achieving her aim.
The same report adds that Ronaldo himself knew this story from his past and remains close to his mother, although he did not attend the book launch, citing work commitments as Real Madrid begin their pre-season preparations:
"He told me when he found out, 'Look mum, you wanted to abort and now I'm the one who's pulling the purse-strings in the house.'"