Habitually, Cristiano Ronaldo Jnr is the one that looks on from the stands as his father bangs in the goals. Last Friday, however, there was a swap of roles.
It was Junior that saddled his boots and took centre stage as his father cheered him alongside the little crowd of parents. The mini-Ronaldo was making his debut with Under-8 club Pozuelo against Carrascal in a seven-a-side game.
At some point in the game, his dad — current UEFA Best Player of the Year and three-time Ballon d’Or winner — was filmed retrieving the ball from the bushes after one of his son’s shots went wayward. The 31-year-old Real Madrid superstar displayed a little trick to put the ball back in play, at the amazement of the kids on the field.
Video | Cristiano Ronaldo’s ball boy moment during his son’s football game. pic.twitter.com/YNZjkXKndp
— Real Madrid Info (@RMadridInfo) October 3, 2016
Behind his affluence and successful football career, there is no disputing that CR7 is a family man. There is not a day Ronaldo and his mini-version wouldn’t be seen together as the two almost do everything together, cataloguing their adventures together on social media.
Similarly, Jose Dinis Aveiro (Ronaldo’s father) was his son’s number one fan. He would watch him occasionally while Ronaldo developed at Sporting C.P.
“My son will be the best player in the world,” Jose Dinis, who succumbed to alcohol addiction, would tell his friends. They would always laugh and roll their eyes. However, these prophetic words of his carried weight, and the rest is history.
Over the years, Cristiano Ronaldo has strived to override sad memories of an alcoholic father who drank himself to death; starting with his distaste for alcohol. He has also made of the gym and healthy food his best friends. Whether or not Cristiano Junior decides to follow in his dad’s footsteps to become a footballer, he can rest assured that CR7 will not be leaving his side anytime soon.