Cristiano Ronaldo Cries at Video of Late Father, Talks Rape Case Allegations

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2019

FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 14:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus  looks on during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Juventus at Stadio Artemio Franchi on September 14, 2019 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo was brought to tears after being shown a video of his late father discussing the pride he had over his son's achievements. Ronaldo also spoke about the rape allegations that have been made against him.

The 34-year-old sat down with Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan and cried after being shown previously unseen footage of his dad gushing over his football feats:

The interview—which airs on Tuesday—saw Ronaldo talk about his distant relationship with Jose Dinis Aveiro, who suffered from alcoholism and died of liver failure in 2005, aged 52.

Aaron Flanagan of the Mirror transcribed an excerpt from the interview:

"I never saw the video. I never saw that video. Unbelievable.

"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 moved to Manchester United from boyhood club Sporting CP in 2003. However, he was only 20 when Aveiro died, and it wasn't until after that where he began to produce the kind of form that's led him to five Ballon d'Ors over the course of his career.

He left Madrid to join Juve for €100 million in 2018, winning Serie A in his first season with the club:

Ronaldo also discussed the rape allegations made against him by Kathryn Mayorga. Las Vegas authorities said claims against Ronaldo could not be proved "beyond reasonable doubt" and declined to prosecute him, per BBC News.

"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," he said.

Mayorga accused the Portugal captain of raping her in a suite at the Palms Place Hotel on June 13, 2009, shortly after his then-world-record transfer to Real from Manchester United was confirmed.

Ronaldo recently told TVI (h/t Independent) "2018 was probably my worst year ever" after the rape case appeared to put his career in some jeopardy.

Ronaldo has played every minute of the season so far for Juventus.

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