Manchester United footballer and Portugal national team player Cristiano Ronaldo admitted in an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan that he keeps the ashes of his father Jose Aveiro, who died in 2005, and his deceased son Angel at home.
“[My son’s] ashes are with me, like my Daddy, they are here in the house. It is something that I want to hold for the rest of my life and not throw to the ocean or to the sea,” said Ronaldo, whose father died in 2005.
I keep [them] with me. They are next to my dad. I have a small church downstairs, a chapel, and I keep my daddy and my son there”. said Ronaldo and continued: “It’s crazy. I tried to explain sometimes to my family and even my close friends.
I say, ‘I never felt to be happy and sad in the same moment.’ I never felt. It is hard to explain,” Ronaldo said. It’s so difficult. It’s – you don’t know if you cry or you don’t know if you smile.
Because it’s something that you don’t know how to react. You don’t know what to do, to be honest,” he said. Ronaldo and Rodríguez wrote at the time: “Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness”.
Difficult moments strengthened the Portuguese.
“Probably the worst moments that I passed through my life, since my father died,” he said. When you have a kid, you expect that everything will be normal, and you have that problem, it’s hard, you know, as human being that I am.
We had quite difficult moments because we don’t understand why it happened to us. It was difficult, to be honest. It was very, very difficult to understand what’s going on in that period of our life. As you know, the football carries on there, so fast, many competitions, the football doesn’t stop.
We had many, many competitions. And to pass through in that moment was probably the most difficult moment that I have in my life. Me and my family, especially Gio [Georgina Rodriguez], that was tough”.