Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. is the the eldest son of Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The kid is already a skilled footballer himself who has time and again proved his rich heritage in front of the media. In 2016, he started playing football in a small club called Club de Fútbol Pozuelo de Alarcón in Madrid, Spain. On June 6, 2017, his father posted an image of him on his Instagram account, which showed the young talent holding two trophies, the Copa 2017 and Pichichi (for scoring most goals in his league), that Cristiano Ronaldo won for his side. He is often seen with his father on his social media posts, and accompanies him to the stadium, as well as to various award events. Most notably, he accompanied his father and his then-girlfriend, Russian supermodel Irina Shayk, at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013. He also took pictures with football legends Pele and Maradona.
The Meteoric Rise to Stardom
Being born to Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. has grown under the constant watch of the media since he was an infant. As soon as he was able to go out in the public, he started accompanying his superstar father on numerous awards shows and other events. However, it not just due to his famous father that he has been on the news lately. In April 2017, his proud father shared a video of him in which he can be seen lining up to take the free-kick in his father’s famous pose and scoring a fabulous goal.
He gained worldwide media attention after a short video of him showing his impressive skills with the ball went viral on the internet in June 2017, a couple weeks before his seventh birthday. After parading with the UEFA Champions League trophy through the streets of the city, Real Madrid players had gathered at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to celebrate their 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League trophy in Wales the previous day. Cristiano Ronaldo was accompanied by his mother Dolores Averio, brother Hugo Aveiro, girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, and Ronaldo Jr. Towards the end of the ceremony, Ronaldo Jr., along with a few other kids, started to play with the ball. A Real Madrid fan was able to capture a 20-second-long video of the moment, which showed the young prodigy, clad in the club’s purple away jersey, picking up the ball in the penalty area and dribbling around two older children, beating them with a perfect pirouette, and finally rolling the ball past the goalkeeper into the bottom corner of the net. The moment not only wowed thousands of fans present there, but the video was featured in many major news publications and also gained huge viewership on social media.
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Controversies & Scandals
The identity of Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.’s mother has been the topic of major controversy, as well as rumors, since Cristiano Ronaldo shared with the world on July 3, 2010 the shocking news that has become a father. Despite initial speculation, it was later confirmed that Irina Shayk, whom the footballer once dated, was not the mother of the child. The star Portuguese footballer, who vowed never to reveal the identity of the mother his child, reportedly had a one-night stand with an American waitress during his Manchester United days. After the woman realized that she was pregnant with his child, she contacted Ronaldo via his agent Jorge Mendes. She was asked to do a DNA test, which confirmed the child as his, following which the footballer took responsibility of his child, as abortion was not an option, the woman being a catholic. However, Ronaldo reportedly paid her 10 million pounds to gain full custody of his son, and asked her to keep her identity a secret, as well as never to contact Ronaldo Jr. Recently, news has surfaced in the media that the woman is currently studying in Britain, and is keen on getting in touch with her son despite the deal she made.
Behind The Curtains
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. was born on June 17, 2010 in San Diego, California, United States to Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo. The identity of his mother is not known. Once the child was a bit older, he was reportedly told that his mother was dead, and his guardians have no plans to reveal her identity even to him anytime soon. He currently lives in Spain with his grandmother Dolores, his father and his father’s new girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez. Ronaldo, who recently became father to twins Eva and Mateo, revealed that his eldest son wants six siblings to match his magic CR7 brand.