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Sad Reason Cristiano Ronaldo Doesn’t Touch A Drop Of Alcohol

by : Poppy Bilderbeck on :
Sad Reason Cristiano Ronaldo Doesn’t Touch A Drop Of Alcohol
Sad Reason Cristiano Ronaldo Doesn’t Touch A Drop Of Alcohol (Alamy/@cristiano/Instagram)

It's common knowledge Cristiano Ronaldo is strict about his diet and exercise, but there are other reasons why the famous footballer doesn't drink alcohol.

It's unsurprising that the Portuguese professional footballer – who is widely regarded as one of the best player's in the world – doesn't drink alcohol and maintains a very healthy lifestyle.

However, other than swearing off alcohol in order to excel as a sportsman, a couple of other reasons are said to lie behind the 37-year-old's decision to not get on the booze.

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There are multiple possible reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't drink alcohol. Credit: Alamy
There are multiple possible reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't drink alcohol. Credit: Alamy

Ronaldo grew up with his mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos, who was a cook, and his father, José Dinis Aveiro, a gardener.

His father introduced Ronaldo to football, however he only got to see his son's sporting achievements up until Ronaldo was the age of 20.

Ronaldo's father died in 2005 at the age of 52 as a result of liver failure from alcoholism, and it's said this is why the footballer has sworn off the stuff completely.

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In an interview with Good Morning Britain in April 2021, Ronaldo broke down upon viewing footage of his father he had never seen before.

He said: "But I really don't know my father 100 percent. He was a drunk person. I never spoke with him, like a normal conversation. It was hard."

His mother, Dolores dos Santos, also opened up about the difficulties of living with an alcoholic.

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

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

Cristiano Ronaldo's mother explained she would 'have liked' his father to 'be around more'. Credit: Alamy
Cristiano Ronaldo's mother explained she would 'have liked' his father to 'be around more'. Credit: Alamy
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Ronaldo's sobriety could also be down to his heart condition.

At the age of 15, the football player was diagnosed with Tachycardia – a condition that causes ones heart to race even when resting, and causes an irregular heartbeat.

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The sportsman underwent an operation where 'they used a sort of laser to cauterise the source of the problem,' according to his mother.

There were fears that if the operation didn't go well, Ronaldo's future career in football could be jeopardised. However, his mother revealed he was 'operated on in the morning and came out at the end of the afternoon' and was even back to training just days after.

His mother said: "Cristiano wasn’t very worried – he didn’t take the situation very seriously – but I got a big fright. It seems the treatment allowed him to run even faster!"

If you want to discuss any issues relating to alcohol in confidence, contact Drinkline on 0300 123 1110, 9am–8pm weekdays and 11am–4pm weekends for advice and support 

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Poppy Bilderbeck

Poppy Bilderbeck is a Junior Journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from The University of Manchester in 2021 with a First in English Literature and Drama, where alongside her studies she was Editor-in-Chief of The Tab Manchester. She currently runs the mental health column for UNILAD, and is such a crisp fanatic that the office has now been forced to release them in batches.

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