Question that brought Cristiano Ronaldo to tears

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

Cristiano Ronaldo broke down in an interview after seeing footage of his father speak proudly of him before his death in 2005.

Ronaldo was speaking to Piers Morgan when the 34-year-old said he didn’t know his father “100 per cent”. His father Dinis, a former soldier, died in 2005 aged 52.

But Morgan played an interview to Ronaldo showing his father beaming with pride ahead of Euro 2004 in Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo became emotional during an interview with Piers Morgan. (Image: ITV)

The Juventus forward couldn’t hide his emotions and broke down.

When asked why it was emotional, the five-time World Player of the Year said he wished his father could see what he had achieved in football.

“To be the number one and he don’t see nothing, and he don’t see to receive awards, to see what I became,” the Juventus forward said.

Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his five Golden Ball (Ballon d'Or) trophies in 2017 when he was playing for Real Madrid. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

‘Embarrassed’: Ronaldo

Ronaldo has admitted he felt "embarrassed" as he tried to shield his family from allegations he raped a woman in the United States.

Ronaldo was accused of sexually assaulting Kathryn Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009.

The Portugal forward, a five-time Champions League winner, strongly denied the claims and the investigation was originally closed 10 years ago.

It reopened in August 2018, shortly before Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September and offered details she initially withheld.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A football match between Juventus FC and SSC Napoli. (Photo by Andrea Staccioli/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Prosecutors announced in July this year that they would not be prosecuting the case because the allegations could not "be proven beyond a reasonable doubt".

The former Manchester United great revealed the allegations had taken a mental toll on him as he sought to protect his children from the reports.

"They play with your dignity," Ronaldo told 'Good Morning Britain' in an interview with Piers Morgan that will air on Tuesday.

"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.

"I remember one day I was at home in the living room with my girlfriend watching the television to see the news and they speak about 'Cristiano Ronaldo this and that.'

"I listened to my kids coming down the stairs and I changed the channel because I was embarrassed.

"I just changed the channel for Cristiano Jr not to see that they speak bad about his father about a very bad case."

With AFP