Dolores Aveiro has promised she would make someone in the family join her favourite Portuguese side
Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro has said that if the Manchester United star fails to sign with Sporting CP before retirement, his son Cristiano “Cristianinho” Ronaldo Jr will do so.
Aveiro is a huge Sporting fan who claims her wish before death is seeing a family member wear the green and white stripes once again.
She would be unfazed if it was Cristianinho, 11, was the person to fulfil her dream, as she thinks the boy is better than his father was at his current age.
What has been said?
“Ronaldo has to come back here [to Sporting], for me he’d be here,” Aveiro said on the ADN de Leao podcast. “He likes to watch Sporting’s games. I’ve already told him: ‘Son, before I die I want to see you return to Sporting’.
“‘Let’s see…’, he said, but if it isn’t [him], it’s Cristianinho! At his age, he plays better than Ronaldo. At the time, Ronaldo didn’t have a coach, but today Ronaldo is his son’s teacher.”
Ronaldo’s Sporting connection
It’s been quite some time since Aveiro got to see her son play club football in Portugal, as Ronaldo left Sporting as a teenager following the 2002-03 campaign to kick off his first stint at Old Trafford.
She wanted a reunion this summer, but her son instead chose a homecoming of a different kind by rejoining Manchester United.
What about Cristianinho?
At 11 years old, Ronaldo’s oldest son is not quite ready for the football spotlight. Soon, he will choose whether to continue following his father from club-to-club in the youth ranks or start his own path elsewhere, potentially with Sporting.
Aveiro has claimed Cristianinho envisions himself at the Portuguese club – but the kid himself has yet to make a commitment.