Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed how profoundly he has been changed by being a father and says “it’s taught me things about love that I never knew existed”.
Ronaldo, who has three children, also opened up about his eldest son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr’s love for football in an interview with Portuguese magazine Hola.
On being a dad, Ronaldo said: “Being a father is a unique and personal journey, something that has changed me completely.
“It’s taught me things about love that I never knew existed.
“It has softened me and given me a different perspective on what is really important in my life.
“I can’t wait to be a dad again [Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is currently pregnant with the couple’s first child]. Being a father and seeing my family grow is, without doubt, the greatest privilege I’ve had.
“Spending time with them, being by their side, smiling and laughing with them. They’ve brought a lot of happiness and joy to my life.”
On his son Cristiano, 7, Ronaldo said: “He loves football and he plays all the time. Often it’s difficult to get him to sit down and have dinner because he’s always outside kicking a football.
“I suppose it’s in his blood
“He’s a very affectionate boy, attentive, friendly, respectful and very open with people. Everyone who meets him is surprised at how confident he is. That makes me feel very proud as a dad.”
Ronaldo is currently working on his fitness after being given a rest by Portugal manager Fernando Santos and left out of the side’s forthcoming friendlies against Saudi Arabia and the USA.
The 32-year-old was named footballer of the year at the Best FIFA Football Awards last month, but he has endured a mixed start to the season and scored just one goal in seven La Liga matches.