Cristiano Ronaldo became a father as the result of a one-night stand with a penniless American waitress, it was claimed yesterday.
The Portuguese footballer is said to have paid the young woman £10million to keep her identity secret and hand the baby over to his family.
The 25-year-old former Manchester United forward met her in a Los Angeles restaurant during a trip to the U.S. last summer, charming her with the line: ‘Me, you, **** ****’, it was reported.
When she failed to understand his direct approach, Ronaldo drew a love heart on a misted-up window and said: ‘Me, you, kiss!’
They slept together at his hotel later that night and when she discovered she was pregnant she tracked him down through his agent, Jorge Mendes, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The Real Madrid player agreed to a DNA test, which revealed he was the father while he was in South Africa at the World Cup, it claimed.
A friend of Ronaldo’s told the newspaper: ‘They are a traditional Roman Catholic family and the minute paternity was established there was absolutely no doubt that Ronni would be doing the right thing.’
He reportedly told the friend: ‘I feel like Boris Becker’ – a reference to the German tennis star who fathered a love child after having sex with model Angela Ermakova in a London restaurant in 1999, leading to a £20million divorce.
Ronaldo, who earns £200,000-a-week, made the surprise announcement that he had become a father on July 3 on his official website and on the Facebook and Twitter social networking websites.
He said the mother wanted to keep her identity confidential and said the boy would be under his ‘exclusive guardianship’.
His family later said the baby was called Cristiano Ronaldo junior and had been born in the U.S. on June 17 weighing 9lb 8oz.
Reports in Portugal said Ronaldo had paid a surrogate mother to have the child in the U.S. after deciding he desperately wanted to become a father. He has refused to comment on those claims.
Yesterday the Sunday Mirror claimed the boy was born following a one-night stand last summer during a U.S. holiday in which he also met Paris Hilton.
But Ronaldo’s trip to the U.S. was in June last year, meaning the baby would have been born around March this year, three months earlier than his family claims.
Yesterday his management company, Gestifute, declined to comment on the Sunday Mirror’s report.
Ronaldo met the baby in the Algarve, where his family are renting a villa, after Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup on June 29.
Shortly afterwards he flew to New York to spend a week with his girlfriend, Irina Shayk, a 24-year-old Russian underwear model. His mother Dolores Aveiro, 55, and sisters Katia, 33, and Elma, 35, looked after the baby while he was away.
Ronaldo then returned to the Algarve where he spent last week with the baby while still on his summer break from Real Madrid.