The childhood of a legend
Cristiano Ronaldo was born on the 5th February 1985 in São Pedro, Funchal, on the island of Madeira, Portugal, and grew up in Santo António, Funchal.
Ronaldo grew up in a family of six people. He was named after his father’s favourite actor – Ronald Reagan. His mother was Maria Dolores, a chef and his father were José Dinis Aveiro, a municipal gardener, and a part-time kit man.
Both of his parent’s job couldn’t afford to take care of the life of four children. Thus, the boy’s childhood was far from a bed of roses.
Ronaldo’s life became harder when his father, José died of an alcoholism-related liver condition at the age of 52 when Ronaldo was 20. His mother, Dolores, was diagnosed with breast cancer but eventually recovered.
When Ronaldo was in school, he was not good at studying and received continuous complaints about his study records. However, he found his interest in football early. Luckily, Ronaldo’s family tried their best to support him in pursuing his dream.