Cristiano Ronaldo has forged a career many dream of in the world of football.
And right by his side watching his success is his mother, Maria Dolores.
Who is Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother Maria Dolores?
Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and Ronaldo’s father, Jose diniz Aveiro, raised the footballer and his siblings in the Funchal parish of Santo Antonio.
But during the film documentary entitled Ronaldo, she admitted that she considered having an abortion when she was pregnant with him.
In the film, she says: “He is a child that I wanted to abort. God didn’t want that to happen, and I was blessed because of that, and God didn’t punish me.
“Sometimes Ronaldo makes fun of me and says ‘You didn’t want me to be born. But now you see that I’m here helping all of you.’ And, well, sometimes we have a laugh about that.”
Dolores attempted to stay out of the public eye until she created social media profiles a few years ago.
She now regularly updates her followers with sweet snaps of herself and her family.
Her Instagram account @doloresaveiroofficial boasts an impressive 2.9 million followers.
In 2007, Dolores was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Over a decade later, the mum of four was left distraught when she discovered the cancer she had once beaten had returned in 2019.
A year later, Dolores was admitted to hospital once more after suffering from a stroke.
During her times of poor health, Ronaldo has always been right by her bedside.
In November 2022, the Portugal star shocked the world by lifting the lid on his situation at Old Trafford in an explosive interview with The Sun’s Piers Morgan.
In the wake of her son’s interview, Maria has remained quiet and let her daughters Katia and Elma attack his critics on social media.
However, after reports discussing Manchester United’s plan to cut all ties with the footballer, the 67-year-old made her feelings crystal clear.
Showing support to her son, Maria responded to an open letter by journalist and writer Luis Osorio which included a cutting description of United manager Erik ten Hag.
“As far as the Dutchman who has managed you in these last few months goes, I just want to laugh.
“How can you compare what you are to a miserable footnote in football history!”
He also echoed a rude outburst from Alberto Joao Jardim, the former president of Madeira where Cristiano hails from adding: “As Alberto Joao Jardim says, tell him to “f*** off”.
Breaking her silence on the matter, Ronaldo’s mother responded to the post by posting a link to Osorio’s Instagram alongside a clapping emoji.
How many siblings does Cristiano Ronaldo have?
Cristiano Ronaldo has two elder sisters, Elma and Lilianna Catia, and a brother named Hugo.
He grew up in a Catholic and impoverished home, sharing a room with his brothers and sisters.
Ronaldo has spoken out about his lack of relationship with his father – who died of liver disease aged 53.
Dolores now lives very closely with the footballer, his partner Georgina Rodriguez and his five children.
What did Maria Dolores do for a living?
Ronaldo’s mum spends much of her time raising her grandchildren.
She posts many pictures on social media showing her looking after the kids.
You can follow her on Instagram @doloresaveiroofficial.
Before her new lifestyle, Dolores was the owner of a restaurant in Brazil named Casa Aveiro.
However, in 2020, regretfully informed their customers that the business would closing its doors for the last time, due to the coronavirus pandemic.