Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum, Dolores Aveiro, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and is currently fighting for her life.
The 64-year-old mother of four, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and underwent surgery and radio therapy.
Ahead of a trip to Italy today to celebrate her footballer son’s 35th birthday after backing him in his fight against rape claims, Dolores Aveiro admitted to new health problems.
She told a Portuguese TV station in a interview:
“I was operated on another breast in Madrid, I’ve had radiotherapy and now I’m fighting for my life.”
The shock confession came after she attacked Cristiano’s rape accuser Kathryn Mayorga over her claims she was raped in a Las Vegas hotel by saying:
“I have confidence in my son when it comes to what happened. When she went there, it wasn’t to play cards. It was to do something.
“I know the son I have.”
In 2009 Ronaldo donated £100,000 to build a cancer centre at the hospital that saved his mum’s life.
He made the generous gift to the Portuguese League Against Cancer in his native Madeira so it could be used to build a centre in the Hospital Central.