Cristiano Ronaldo wants to find McDonald's ladies who helped feed him as a hungry child
Portuguese professional footballer, Christiano Ronaldo, wants to reach out to the staff from McDonalds after he opened up about his humble beginning in Portugal during an emotional interview last week.
The 34-year-old was reduced to tears while being interviewed by Piers Morgan, and opened up about his childhood in Madeira.
This is the moment Ronaldo broke down as his late father spoke about how proud he was of his son:
He disclosed to the British television personality that he used to beg for burgers on the island of Madeira due to hunger, and that he's intending on tracking down the individuals that helped him as a child.
"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," he said during the ITV interview. "There was always Edna and two other girls. I never found them again."
The McDonalds restaurant has since been shuttered, but Ronaldo wants to locate Edna so he can "give something back".
"I asked people in Portugal, they closed the McDonalds, but if this interview can help find them, I would be so happy," he continued. "I want to invite them to Turin or Lisbon to come have dinner with me because I want to give something back."
The journalist also showed the Juventus player a never-seen-before video clip of his late father, taken a year before he died in 2004.
Ronaldo's father, Dinis died of an alcoholism-related liver condition aged 52 in September 2005 when the footballer was 20 years old. However, Morgan was able to show Ronaldo footage of his dad being interviewed on Norwegian television. The 34-year-old, who had never seen the clip, was so moved that he broke down in tears.
After seeing the clip, the soccer legend told Morgan: "I never saw the video. I never saw that video. Unbelievable."
"To hear your father speak about how proud he was of you must mean a lot to you," Morgan replied.
"Yes, a lot. I think the interview would be funny, but I didn’t expect to cry. But I never saw these images. I don’t know where you … I have to have these images to show my family."