DAD GOALS How Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor and troubled childhood with drunk dad spurred desire to be perfect father

SMILING excitedly at the camera in their latest hospital scan, Cristiano Ronaldo's pregnant girlfriend Georgina says they are "impatient" to meet their unborn twins.

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In the background of the photo, posted on Instagram this week, sit the football legend's four children - born into the life of luxury that their two new siblings are also destined to enjoy.

DAD GOALS How Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor and troubled childhood with drunk dad spurred desire to be perfect father
Georgina Rodriguez is all smiles at the hospital scan

DAD GOALS How Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor and troubled childhood with drunk dad spurred desire to be perfect father
Ronaldo with Cristiano Jr, Eva and Mateo and a picture of dad Jose Credit: Instagram @cristiano

They’ll be raised in the couple’s mansions, including the £3million Cheshire home the family moved to when he returned to Manchester United in September, the £1.4m Marbella holiday home and £7m seven storey mansion in his hometown of Funchal, Madeira, a small island off the coast of Portugal.

But it’s a far cry from the player’s own poverty-stricken childhood in Portugal, begging for burgers outside McDonald’s and sharing one room with his three siblings.

Raised by an alcoholic dad and a loving mum, who admitted she had tried to have Cristiano aborted because she already had too many mouths to feed, the 36-year-old star - who last night scored twice to rescue United in their Champions League clash with Atalanta - is now striving to be the perfect dad to his ever-expanding brood.

Dr Becky Spelman, psychologist & clinical director of the Private Therapy Clinic, says the hardships Ronaldo experienced have shaped his views of fatherhood.

"Extreme adversity in childhood can create extreme resilience in people and a determination to create a very different life for themselves,” she tells The Sun.

"Of course, we don’t always see this in every individual but certain personalities are prone to push past adversity... and we see this in Ronaldo.

"He clearly experienced a lot of pain in childhood but he’s turned that pain into something positive.

"It’s something that he is not forgetting about but he’s using it to his advantage and it’s helped motivate him to become the person he is today and to make sure he and his children have a very different life.”

Desperate mum attempted DIY 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 dad’s favourite actor - but in her autobiography Mother Courage, Dolores revealed he was an “an unwanted child” and she'd asked doctors to abort him.

When her request was refused she attempted a DIY abortion, drinking boiled black beer and running until she felt like she was exhausted.

"He is a child that I wanted to abort," she wrote. "God didn’t want that to happen."

She added: “Now everything I own I owe to Cristiano.”

After learning about his mum’s plan to end his life while he was in the womb, he turned the shocking revelation into a joke, telling her: “Look mum, you wanted to abort and now I'm the one who's pulling the purse-strings in the house.”

Ronaldo’s dad Jose was left with mental health issues after serving his country in an unpopular war against Angola, who successfully fought 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 had witnessed in service.

Ronaldo’s mum has since said that he was a good dad but hinted he was abusive to her.

"He was drunk almost every day. I never really knew him well. I would have liked him to have been around more," she admitted.

"Although he never mistreated his children, I became his victim."

Begging for food from burger chain

During an interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo said he grew up hungry and is keen to track down the 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,” he said.

To supplement his low income, Jose took a second job as kit man at the local football club, where Ronaldo had become a shining star in the youth team.

But his ailing dad never got to see his son reach the levels of football stardom he was to achieve.

He died in 2005 of liver failure, when Ronaldo was just 20 - two years into his career at Old Trafford.

"I really don’t know my father 100 per cent," Ronaldo revealed on ITV's Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan.

"He was a drunk person. I never spoke with him, like a normal conversation. It was hard.

"To be the number one and he don’t see nothing, and he don’t see to receive awards, to see what I became[sic].”

Ronaldo’s experience with his dad saw him swear off alcohol and become a lifelong teetotaller.

Mum Dolores believes football saved her son from going down a similar path of self-destruction.

"If he hadn't dedicated himself to football, he would probably have fallen into drugs," she said.

DAD GOALS How Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor and troubled childhood with drunk dad spurred desire to be perfect father
Ronaldo's family struggled to put food on the table Credit: Collect

Four kids by three mums

Ronaldo’s meteoric rise has seen him become one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time, playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

But he’s 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 who has never been named, he was immediately taken back to Madrid by Dolores to start his life in Spain with his father, who has full custody.

Cristiano Jr's family nickname is Cristianinho, which means "little Cristiano".

The star split from Russian model Irina Shayk in 2015, and two years later he announced he had fathered twins - Mateo and Eva - with a surrogate mum.

Georgina gave birth to their baby daughter Alana Martina on November 12, 2017. Ronaldo posted a picture on Instagram, writing: "Alana Martina is just born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great! We are all very happy!"

This summer the family moved back to Cheshire after Man United paid £13m to transfer the striker from Juventus.

Last week, the couple announced the imminent arrival of two new additions with the statement: “Delighted to announce we are expecting twins. Our hearts are full of love - we can’t wait to meet you.”

The new arrivals will bring Ronaldo's brood to six, with just one more required to reach Ronaldo’s target of seven.

"Cristianinho is very happy,” he told a Portuguese newspaper after the birth of his first twins.

"He's doing well and says he wants more brothers and sisters. He wants seven, the magic number, and I think that's good."

Luxury life far cry from dad’s

With a father worth £789m, the children enjoy a life of luxury, living in huge mansions with private swimming pools.

Their seven-bed mansion in Cheshire also boasts a cinema room and a four-car garage for some of Ronaldo's £17million supercars.

The family moved from a nearby £6m mansion in 23 acres of land after a week because of the noise of bleating sheep, which kept them awake, and security fears.

The striker also owns a plush villa in Marbella with four bedrooms, high-vaulted ceilings and incredible views of the sea plus a private golf course, an in-built cinema and infinity pool.

But he has never forgotten his roots - spending £7million to convert a warehouse into a seven-storey mansion in Funchal.

Georgina is said to be enthralled by the Portuguese home’s incredible sea view, as well as its amenities including two Olympic-sized swimming pools, jacuzzi and, naturally, a football pitch.

Ronaldo recently revealed he took son Cristiano Jr to his childhood home and he was shocked by the size of his dad's former bedroom: "My son turned to me and said: ‘Papa. Did you live here?' He could not believe it."

As well as the amenities they enjoy, the children are treated to the finer things in life - with his eldest son often wearing designer clothes to match his dad's.

At 11, Cristiano Jr has a wardrobe full of high-end fashion from such brands as Dolce & Gabbana.

Meanwhile, his dad is a fan of brands like Balmain, Off White and Dsquared2.

While Ronaldo now seems settled into family life, there have been bumps along the way - namely accusations of rape which have cast a shadow over him.

Ronaldo and another man were investigated after an allegation was brought forward by two women in 2005, but they later withdrew their claims.

Just last month a historic claim by Kathryn Mayorga, who alleged Ronaldo had sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009, was thrown out of court.

She has received a £375,000 lump sum from the footballer after making an initial claim in 2010.

While he may not be the perfect dad, the painful memories of his rumbling tummy, cramped house and alcoholic dad has made him determined to be the best he can be, and provide his kids with a lifestyle he could only have dreamt of in the streets of Funchal.

"I was made to be the best,” Ronaldo said. “That’s how I live my life.”

DAD GOALS How Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor and troubled childhood with drunk dad spurred desire to be perfect father
The star's children want for nothing as they travel the world Credit: Instagram

DAD GOALS How Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor and troubled childhood with drunk dad spurred desire to be perfect father
The player wept as he remembered his dad in the Piers Morgan interview Credit: PA:Press Association

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