Read to find out the special letter received by the world-renowned footballer.
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed much in his bombastic interview with Piers Morgan, from his growing dissatisfaction with Manchester United to the role of Sir Alex Ferguson in persuading him to rejoin them in the first place, reports The Daily Mail.
But opening up on a more emotional side, he also spoke about the outpouring of support he received from the English people following the death of his son, Angel, in April earlier this year.
Speaking to Morgan on TalkTV, he said:
This is why I say I respect the English people...because they have been very kind with me in that difficult moment in my life. It was spectacular, the way they treated me, my family.
Ronaldo had been expecting twins with his partner Georgina Rodriguez who he had been dating since 2017. But the baby boy who they had decided to name Angel was stillborn, reports NPR.
Ronaldo and Rodriguez made an announcement on Twitter:
It is with our deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our baby boy. It's the greatest pain any parent can feel. Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.
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According to Goal.com, the tragedy comes amid a tough time for both Ronaldo and Man United. While Ronaldo has faced numerous challenges with the Red Devils – including a relatively low-scoring period – the club too has faced one of the worst seasons in its history.
In the Piers Morgan interview, Ronaldo said he already regretted rejoining the club. He also revealed that he 'had no respect' for Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag.
The Daily Mail reports that the star footballer’s troubles with the Red Devils became public in October when he refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham, for which he later apologized. However his latest interview with Morgan has deepened the divide he faces with the team he first joined at the age of 18.
The footballer's family
Angel’s twin was named Bella Esmeralda in May, and is Ronaldo’s second child with Rodriguez and fifth overall. Ronaldo’s eldest child, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, was born in 2011. The superstar football had not revealed the identity of Ronaldo Jr’s mother so far. However in the Jonathan Ross show in 2015, he said that he would do so when his son grows up 'because he deserves it'. Ronaldo also has two children via surrogate, twins Eva Maria and Mateo Ronaldo.
Opening up on the difficult period following Angel’s death, Ronaldo said his other children would ask 'Where’s the other baby? Where’s the other baby?' when he and Georgina came home, reports The Sun.
Of course Cristiano [his eldest son], I had a conversation with him in the day, because he's 12 years old, he knows, understands everything, and I had a nice conversation with him. We cried together in his bedroom and explained and it's kind of - he doesn't understand, he does understand, but in same way he was a little bit confused.
On the decision to inform his other children, he decided to be up front. 'Angel has gone to heaven,' he told them.
To tell the truth was a difficult process but in the same way, I become more and more of a father, more friendly with them; they become more close to their daddy especially me with Georgina as well
An outpouring of support
Ronaldo took a moment to personally thank the English people for the support they gave him during that difficult time. Referencing an instance where Liverpool fans sang 'You’ll never walk alone' to the grieving father, Morgan asked Ronaldo if he expected the kind of support he received.
I never ever expected that. Never. I have an opportunity now to say to the whole English community, thank you a lot for that. Not only Liverpool but all England.
Ronaldo added that he even received a letter from the Queen’s family:
I received a letter from the Queen’s family. [It] surprised me a lot. Unbelievable. This is why I say I respect a lot the English community and people because they have been very kind with me in that difficult moment [of] my life. It was spectacular, the way they treated me and my family.