You can hardly talk about the five-time ballon d’Or winner without mentioning his mum, there is an unexplainable bond between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mother.
The mother of the famous footballer who just broke the record of all-time highest goal scorer for the national team goes by the name Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mother – Early Life
The 66-year-old mother of the Portuguese star was born on December 31, 1954, in a town in Madeira called Machico, Portugal, to Jose Viveiros (father) and Ângela Dos Santos (mother). She got married to José Dinis Aveiro, a worker in Funchal as a gardener. Her husband was renowned for his addiction to alcohol and that rendered the young family poor.
The economic condition of the family was not good enough that she almost had to abort Cristiano Ronaldo – thank goodness she was unfortunate and did not succeed with it.
Maria had admitted that she met a doctor for an abortion and was declined, so she took to drinking warm beer and strenuous exercises to trigger spontaneous abortion.
She said “I wanted to abort but the doctor didn’t support my decision,”
Eventually, she gave birth and had four children. Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum worked as a cook to be able to carter for her children. This implies that Cristiano Ronaldo has two elder sisters (Elma & Lilianna Catia) and a brother by the name Hugo. She lost her husband and father of her children to liver disease at age of 53 years.
Maria was very supportive of her son’s football career pursuit, she did not mind him not finishing his education for the sake of his sports career.
Personal Life and Fame
Maria Dolores dos Santos became one of the most celebrated mothers in her country Portugal because of her son’s popularity. Although she initially avoided public and social media attention, her son’s popularity could not but attract brands towards her. She has made different appearances on showbiz including commercial brands like Maggi.
Cristiano Ronaldo will always take her with him to attend important events and award functions. She is regarded as Mother Courage by a Portuguese author.
In 2007, Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer but recovered completely after series of chemotherapy. She has been on anti-cancer drugs since then to prevent further occurrence.
The bond between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mother
Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother is very close to the soccer star. Rumors insist that one of the main reasons for the footballer’s break-up with Russian international model and actress Irina Shayk is because of how close the Portuguese striker is with the mother.
While in a movie documentary, Maria said “He is a child that I wanted to abort. God didn’t want that to happen and I was blessed because of that and God didn’t punish me.
“Sometimes Ronaldo makes fun of me and says ‘You didn’t want me to be born. But now you see that I’m here helping all of you.’ And, well, sometimes we have a laugh about that.”
The bond between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mother is unexplainable as both leave in a luxurious mansion. She is the one that nursed Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., reports say that the young Cristianinho thought that the grandmother was his biological mum.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mother is currently enjoying her life raising her grandchildren, she makes regular posts on Instagram showing her having good times with the children.
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the footballer with the highest number of followers on Instagram and across all social media platforms combined.