Smiling enthusiastically in front of the camera at her latest hospital scan, Georgina, Cristiano Ronaldo’s pregnant girlfriend, says she is “impatient” to meet their unborn twins.
In the background of the photo, posted to Instagram this week, sit the football legend’s four children – who were born into a life of luxury set to be enjoyed by two new siblings.
They will be raised in the couple’s mansions, including the £3m Cheshire home the family moved into when he returned to Manchester United in September, the £1.4m holiday home in Marbella and a £7m seven-storey mansion in His birthplace is in Funchal, Madeira, a small island off the coast of Portugal.
But it’s a far cry from the player’s poverty-stricken childhood in Portugal, where he was begging for burgers outside McDonald’s and sharing a room with his three siblings.
Raised by an alcoholic father and a loving mother, who admitted she tried to abort Cristiano because she already had too many mouths to feed, the 36-year-old starlet – who last night scored two goals to save United in the Champions League match. With Atalanta – he is now striving to be the perfect father to his ever-expanding brood.
Dr. Becky Spielman, a psychologist and clinical director of the private therapy clinic, says Ronaldo’s difficulties have shaped his views of fatherhood.
“Extreme adversity in childhood can create in people extreme resilience and a determination to create a completely different life for themselves,” she told The Sun.
“Of course, we don’t always see this in everyone but some personalities tend to transcend adversity… and we see this in Ronaldo.
“Obviously he went through a lot of pain in his childhood but he turned that pain into something positive.
“It’s something he doesn’t forget but he uses to his advantage and that has helped motivate him to become the person he is today and to make sure that he and his kids live a completely different life.”
A Desperate Mother Tried An Abortion
Ronaldo was the youngest of four children born to cook Dolores dos Santos and part-time gardener José Dinis Aveiro.
He got his famous name from Ronald Reagan – his father’s favorite actor – but in her autobiography Mother Courage, Dolores revealed he was an “unwanted child” and asked doctors to abort him.
When her application was denied, she attempted an abortion, drank a boiled black beer and ran until she felt exhausted.
She wrote, “It’s a baby I wanted to abort. God didn’t want that to happen.”
“Now all I own I owe to Cristiano,” she added.
After learning of his mother’s plan to end his life while in the womb, he turns the shocking revelation into a joke, telling her, “Look, Mom, I wanted an abortion and now I’m the one pulling strings in the house.”
It’s a baby I wanted to abort, God didn’t want that to happen
Ronaldo’s father, Jose, developed mental health problems after serving his country in an unpopular war against Angola, which fought successfully for independence.
He returned a broken man, unable to find a good job, and turned to alcohol to numb the memory of the atrocities he witnessed in the service.
Ronaldo’s mother has since said he was a good father but hinted that he was abusing her.
She confessed, “He was drunk almost every day. I never knew him well. I wish he was around more.”
“Although he never abused his children, I became his victim.”
Begging for food from the burger chain
During an interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo said he grew up hungry and is eager to track down McDonald’s workers who used to sneak him burgers as a kid to say thank you.
We were a little hungry. We have a McDonald’s next to the stadium, we knocked on the door and asked if they had any burgers. There was always Edna and two other girls. I never found them again.”
To supplement his low income, Jose took a second job as an equipment man at the local football club, where Ronaldo became a shining star in the youth team.
But his ailing father did not see his son reach the levels of football stardom that he was set to achieve.
He died in 2005 of liver failure, when Ronaldo was only 20 years old – two years into his career at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo revealed Cristiano Ronaldo on ITV Meet Piers Morgan by saying, “I really don’t know my father 100 per cent.”
“He was a drunk person. I never spoke to him, like a normal conversation. It was hard.
“To be number one and not see anything, not look forward to receiving awards, to see what I have become[sic]. “
Ronaldo’s experience with his father made him swear to alcohol and become a lifelong abstainer.
Mom Dolores believes that football saved her son from going down a similar path of self-destruction.
“Had he not devoted himself to football, he would probably have fallen into drugs,” she said.
Four children by three mothers
Ronaldo’s rapid rise made him one of the most prolific scorers of all time, playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.
But he has also found time to raise a family since the birth of his first son Cristiano Jr in 2010.
Born in the United States to a mother whose name was never revealed, Dolores promptly brought him back to Madrid to start his life in Spain with his father, who has full custody of the property.
Cristiano Jr’s family nickname is Christianino, which means “Little Cristiano”.
The star broke up with Russian model Irina Shayk in 2015, and two years later announced that he was born to twins – Matteo and Eva – from a surrogate mother.
Georgina gave birth to their little daughter Alana Martina on November 12, 2017. Ronaldo posted a photo on Instagram, writing: “Alana Martina has just been born! Both Gio and Alana are doing great! We are all so happy!”
This summer, the family returned to Cheshire after Man United paid £13m to move the striker from Juventus.
Last week, the couple announced the imminent arrival of two new additions with the statement: “We are delighted to announce that we are expecting twins. Our hearts are full of love – we can’t wait to meet you.”
The newcomers will raise Ronaldo’s lap to six, with one more need to reach Ronaldo’s goal of seven.
“Cristianino is very happy,” he told a Portuguese newspaper after the birth of his first twin.
“He’s doing really well and he says he wants more brothers and sisters. He wants seven, the magic number, and I think that’s fine.”
Luxurious life is far from father
With a father worth £789 million, the kids enjoy a life of luxury, living in huge mansions with private pools.
Their seven-bed mansion in Cheshire also includes a cinema room and a four-car garage for some of Ronaldo’s £17m supercars.
The family moved out of a nearby £6m mansion on 23 acres of land a week later due to the noise of sheep keeping them awake and security concerns.
The striker also owns a luxury villa in Marbella with four bedrooms, high ceilings and fantastic sea views as well as a private golf course, built-in cinema and infinity-edge pool.
But he never forgot his roots – he spent £7m to convert a warehouse into a seven-storey mansion in Funchal.
Georgina is said to be fascinated by the Portuguese home’s stunning sea views, as well as amenities including two Olympic-sized swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and, of course, a soccer field.
Ronaldo recently revealed that he took his son Cristiano Jr to his childhood home and was shocked by the size of his ex-father’s bedroom: “My son turned to me and said, ‘Papa. Did you live here? “He couldn’t believe it.”
In addition to the amenities they enjoy, children are treated to the finer things in life – his eldest son often wears clothes tailored to match his dad.
My son turned to me and said: Papa. Did you live here? He couldn’t believe it
At the age of eleven, Cristiano Jr. has a wardrobe full of haute couture from brands like Dolce & Gabbana.
Meanwhile, his father is a fan of brands like Balmain, Off White and Dsquared2.
While Ronaldo now appears stable in family life, there have been bumps along the way – accusations of rape that have cast a shadow over him.
Ronaldo and another man were investigated after two women made allegations in 2005, but later withdrew their allegations.
Just last month, a landmark lawsuit from Catherine Mayorga, who alleged Ronaldo sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009, was thrown out of court.
She received a lump sum of £375,000 from the footballer after filing an initial claim in 2010.
Although he may not be the perfect father, painful memories of his rumbling belly, cramped home, and alcoholic dad made him determined to be the best he could be, providing his children with a lifestyle he could only dream of on the streets of Funchal.
“I was made to be the best,” Ronaldo said. “This is how I live my life.”