As a tribute, Ronaldo published a photo of his little family and gathered him around a picture of his father with the message: “You will always be with us. Congratulations Dad, Congratulations Grandpa “.
Although the player had a difficult childhood with his father who was an alcoholic, this did not prevent him from expressing his love for the latter. Ronaldo had previously stated on a question concerning his father:
“My father was funny when he was drunk.” “I did not really know him and I do not know why he drank so much, maybe he was frustrated by his life.” “I wish I had a different father, the one who would be present to see my achievements”.
In an interview with the German newspaper Kicker , reported by Star Africa magazine , Cristiano Ronaldo made some confidences, notably on a promise made to his father.
“The fact that I had to leave my family at the age of twelve to live in Lisbon alone in a boarding school was very, very difficult for me. It was the worst experience of my life. But luckily my father was always there to help me. My family was the basis of my success, “ reveals the Portuguese Real Madrid before confiding a little more on his father.
“When I talk about my father, I am proud of him because he taught me a lot. I remember one day when I got back from training, I told him that later on we would have a big house and we would get rich. He told me it was impossible. Today, I have everything I promised my father. But he is no longer there … “.
Jose died in September 2005 of a hepatic insufficiency while Ronaldo played for Manchester United. Unfortunately for him, he did not have time to know his grandchildren.