Cristiano Ronaldo lost his father at the age of 20, two years after he completed his horrific move from Sporting to Manchester United. Former Portugal coach Luis Felipe Scolari has revealed how he shared the sad news with the attacker at the time.
According to the strategist, the news reached Portugal before the clash with Russia in September 2005 and no one knew how to share it with Ronaldo. Felipe Scolarihowever, mustered the courage to break it for the attacker in a truly emotional moment.
Former Portugal national team coach told Sportsmail:
“It was difficult. It was a moment that forged a bond between us, a relationship that transcended even the coach-athlete relationship. When the news reached us, before the match against Russia No one knew how to tell him and no one wanted to.. So I told them I would do it because I know what it feels like to lose a parent. here’s a few years.”
Despite having to hear the sad news, Cristiano Ronaldo did not break down. The Manchester United superstar even featured in the clash with Russia the next day, which ended in a goalless draw before returning to Portugal.
Luis Felipe Scolari has provided more details on how things are going for the great Portuguese forward.
“Very sad, but it was a moment that brought us together as friends. The next day Cristiano played a great game and returned to Portugal. He asked to play. He said: ‘I am. can’t do anything for my dad. today, so tomorrow I’ll play and then I’ll go.'”
What caused the death of Cristiano Ronaldo’s father?
The attacker’s father, Jose Dinis Aveiro, died on September 6, 2005, in London, United Kingdom. He tragically passed away from liver failure after battling alcoholism for several years.
At the time of his death, the Portuguese player was 52 years old, during a period when his son was gradually turning into superstar status. Reacting to his father’s death, Ronaldo sadly said in a interview with Piers Morgan on ITV in 2019.
“I really don’t know my father 100%. He’s a drunk. I never talk to him, like a normal conversation. It’s hard. Being number one and he doesn’t. considered nothing, and he didn’t ‘not see to receive the prize, to see what I had become.”
Ronaldo shares a very close relationship with his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.
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