Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted his son’s love of football makes it difficult to get him to sit down at the dinner table for meals.
The star’s mum Dolores Aveiro once claimed her clean-living son was addicted to football.
His godfather Fernao Sousa said he loved the game so much as a boy on his native island of Madeira that he would miss meals or escape out of his bedroom window when he was supposed to be doing his homework.
Cristiano, 32, appeared to admit history was repeating itself in an exclusive interview published today in Spain as he confessed getting his eldest son Cristiano Jnr, seven, to stop playing with a ball was often a problem.
Glossy Spanish magazine Hola, publishing the interview it said was done by its English version Hello Magazine, quoted the footballer as saying: “He loves football and he plays all the time.
“Often it’s difficult to get him to sit down and have dinner because he’s always outside kicking a football.
“I suppose it’s in his blood.”
Admitting how proud he was of the youngster, filmed perfecting free-kicks last month just like his famous dad, he added: “He’s a very affectionate boy, attentive, friendly, respectful and very open with people.
“Everyone who meets him is surprised at how confident he is. That makes me feel very proud as a dad.”
Cristiano, who is due to become a father for the fourth time on November 21
when his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gives birth to their first daughter Alana Martina, also told the magazine being a father was an amazing experience.
He expanded his family in June with surrogate twins Eva and Mateo, born in a US hospital and brought back to Madrid where he lives by his doting mum.
Speaking ahead of the launch of his new line of clothing CR7 Junior Collection, he said: “Being a father is a unique and personal journey,
something that has changed me completely.
“It’s taught me things about love that I never knew existed.
“It has softened me and given me a different perspective on what is really important in my life.
“I can’t wait to be a dad again. Being a father and seeing my family grow is without doubt the greatest privilege I’ve had.
“Spending time with them, being by their side, smiling and laughing with them. They’ve brought a lot of happiness and joy to my life.”
In an April 2007 interview after Cristiano signed for Man United, his mum Dolores Aveiro said: “His only addiction is football.”
The player’s godfather, Fernao Sousa, 53, added: “All he wanted to as a boy was play football.
“He loved the game so much he’d miss meals or escape out of his bedroom window with a ball when he was supposed to be doing his homework”
Cristiano’s son showed off his ball skills in a recent interview the player’s ex-Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand did with him at his luxury home on a VIP gated estate near Madrid.
He beat Rio with a couple of cracking shots when the retired defender tried his hand in goal on a football pitch Cristiano has at his house before showing he could keep up as they did press-ups together.