Cristiano Ronaldo acts as ball boy on his son's debut
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo might be one of the best players in the world, if not the best, but that did not stop him being a ball boy – during his son Cristiano Jr.’s debut for an Under-8s side: Pozuelo.
Cristiano Jr. recently signed with Pozuelo, and his proud father was right there by his side to watch his first foray onto the football pitch. The Under-8s played at Valle de las Cañas Sports complex on Friday, and despite Ronaldo having had to represent Madrid two days later, he was present to watch the game.
Cristiano Jr. did his famous father proud as he netted on his 7-a-side debut against Carrascal, and he capped it all off by celebrating just like his dad.
Ronaldo, who watched the game behind one of the goalposts, accompanied by the parents of other children, even helped around and took on the avatar of ball boy on one occasion, helping to retrieve a stray ball, as can be seen in the picture.
Ronaldo was enthusiastic in his support for his son’s side, as he cheered on all of Pozuelo’s 4 goals. Pozuelo ended up winning the game 4-3, resulting in a happy Ronaldo father and son duo. Pozuelo have in their ranks, another professional footballer connection with the retired Pablo Ibáñez's son playing for them.
Ronaldo has previously stated how important his family life is to him, and his appearance at his son’s debut only strengthens those claims. It was also revealed in his documentary film that Cristiano Jr. wanted to be a goalkeeper.
Ronaldo had raised eyebrows at this idea then and it seems as though the Real Madrid superstar has finally got his way with his son scoring goals just like his father.
Ronaldo, who is a proud father, has kept the identity of the child’s mother a secret, and will only reveal that information to his son when he feels that the time is right.
The game was surely a landmark moment for the tight-knit family, and honing the young Ronaldo’s skills at such an early age might just propel him onto bigger and better things in the professional game.
The children of Messi, Suarez, and Gerard Pique also played their first games recently, and 2016 might just be the year that is looked upon in the future as the year that these footballers first played the game.