Piers Morgan reveals he experienced one of the most ‘surprising’ and ‘moving’ moments of his career when Cristiano Ronaldo started crying in front of him.
The ITV host sat down with the Juventus star for an eye-opening interview, which aired on Tuesday night.
During the in-depth chat, Ronaldo was shown a video of his father, Jose Dinis Aveiro, talking of the pride he felt for his son.
Ronaldo was just 20 when his father died of liver failure in 2004 at the age of 52 after years battling alcoholism.
And the Portugal superstar burst into tears upon watching the clip, explaining his sadness that his father never saw what he went on to achieve.
Speaking about that tender moment with Ronaldo, Piers told talkSPORT: “It was genuinely one of the most surprising and moving things I’ve ever experienced.
“Ronaldo’s a very controlled guy. I didn’t expect him to react like that, I assumed he’d seen this clip before. It was a Norwegian TV clip of his father talking about him the year before he died.
“Ronaldo has 183million followers on instagram, this guy is a supersonic, stratospheric superstar, and to see him lose his cool and be emotional in such a raw way was very powerful.”
Piers was also keen to debunk some common myths about Ronaldo, such as his supposed arrogance and vanity.
The pair grew close after Ronaldo reached out to Piers to talk about his crime documentaries, ultimately leading to the exclusive interview.
And Piers suggests, in a long list of influential people, the Manchester United and Real Madrid legend ranks among the most remarkable people he has ever met.
“For me, Ronaldo is a personal hero and it’s always difficult interviewing heroes,” he added.
“Sometimes they’re a bit disappointing; they’re not what you hoped they are.
“What I loved about Ronaldo was, I really felt genuinely inspired to be in his company.
“He’s very smart, very funny, very warm, and not really the kind of person that many people think he is.
“He’s not this cocky bragger that we all see on the pitch.
“In real life, he’s very humble, very respectful, and very likeable. He was everything I hoped he’d be and more.”
Listen to the full interview with Piers Morgan above.