Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro is the mother of famous Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo. Maria played a vital role in helping Ronaldo achieve his dream of becoming a famous footballer. When Ronaldo was 14 years old, his mother supported his decision of dropping out of school to focus solely on football. Today, Maria leads a luxurious life and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. She has a massive fan following on social media as well; her Instagram page has more than 1.7 million followers. Maria has also been featured in various Portuguese magazines. In 2018, she lent her voice to a prominent character in an animated feature film titled ‘Snow.’
Early Life & Motherhood
Maria Dolores dos Santos was born on December 31, 1954, in Machico, Madeira, Portugal, into a modest family to Maria Angela Spinola and Jose Vivieros, who worked as a cleaner. She got married to José Dinis Aveiro, who worked as a municipal gardener in Funchal. Because of her husband’s addiction to alcohol, Maria was pushed to poverty early in her married life. Her family’s economic conditions were so bad that she even considered abortion when she was pregnant with Cristiano Ronaldo. In her biography, Maria had revealed that she had approached a doctor for an abortion. When her request was declined, she tried drinking warm beer and ran frantically hoping for her son to never be born. She eventually gave birth to four children, including Cristiano Ronaldo and worked as a cook to support her family. She then played a vital role in shaping up her son’s career, as she supported his decision of pursuing a career in football at the expense of his education.
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Rise to Fame
Riding on her son’s popularity, Maria went on to become one of the most loved personalities in Portugal. She started appearing in featured articles and even entered showbiz by appearing in commercials for brands, such as ‘Maggi.’ Maria has also appeared alongside her famous son at various important events and award functions. Maria’s popularity reached its peak when a Portuguese writer decided to come up with her biography, which was titled ‘Mother Courage.’ In 2018, she landed an opportunity to lend her voice to a character named Avo Rosa in the animated film ‘Snow.’ She also lends her voice to various commercials from time to time. She is also extremely popular on Instagram, where she posts personal life pictures.
Maria Dolores dos Santos was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Fortunately, she recovered completely after several cycles of radiation therapy. However, she continues to take anti-cancer drugs to keep the disease at bay. Maria was the one who raised Cristiano Ronaldo’s son Cristiano Jr., whose mother’s identity has not been revealed yet. She is close to all her grandchildren and often posts pictures of them on her Instagram page. She currently leads a luxurious life in a mansion. In 2015, she was stopped at Madrid’s ‘Barajas’ airport for carrying €55,000 in her hand luggage. According to Madrid’s rules against money laundering, the maximum amount an individual can carry without declaring the transfer is €10,000. Since Maria had failed to fill out the declaration form, her money was confiscated by the authorities. Maria did not remarry after her husband’s demise in 2005. According to a report, she is currently dating a man named Jose Andrade.