The film, from the makers of the acclaimed Senna
documentary about the life of the late Formula One
legend Ayrton Senna, follows a year in the life of
Charting his obsession with the Ballon d’Or and
fierce rivalry with Lionel Messi, the film also gives a
unique insight into Ronaldo’s friends and family,
focusing heavily on his relationship with his five-
year-old son, Cristiano Jr.
Ronaldo opens up about the loss of his father, Dinis
— an alcoholic who died at the age of 53 in 2005,
when his son was playing for Manchester United.
“He would drink nearly every day,” said Ronaldo,
speaking in the film. “It frustrates me that he was
never able to see my successes.”
Ronaldo’s regret over his lack of a relationship with
his father explains the close bond he has with his
son, of whom he has sole custody.
The star has never revealed the identity of the boy’s
mother and maintains that stance throughout the
On Messi, Ronaldo said: “Over the past year, our
relationship has improved. I see him not as a rival
but as a person. I see him as someone who makes
me a better player and I make him a better player.”
One of the most memorable scenes in the film sees
Messi come over to Ronaldo and his son prior to the
Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich in January this year
and kiss Ronaldo Jr on the cheek, the rivalry between
the two men forgotten in that one touching moment.
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