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Woman Comes Forward As McDonalds Employee Who Helped Cristiano Ronaldo

Woman Comes Forward As McDonalds Employee Who Helped Cristiano Ronaldo

A woman from Portugal has come forward as one of the women who helped feed Cristiano Ronaldo from McDonalds when he was was a child in Portugal.

In a wide ranging interview with Piers Morgan on Tuesday night, Ronaldo revealed that three women working in McDonalds used to help feed him when he was in Portugal and had no money.

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Now one woman, Paula Leca, has come forward as one of the three. Speaking to Portuguese radio station Renascenca she said, "They would appear in front of the restaurant and when there were hamburgers left over our manager would give us permission to hand them over.

"One of the boys was Cristiano Ronaldo who was perhaps the most timid of them all.

"This happened almost every night each week.'

"I still laugh about it all now. I had already told my son about it but he thought it was a fib because he couldn't imagine his mum ever giving Cristiano Ronaldo a hamburger.

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"My husband already knew about it, because sometimes he would go to pick me up from work at night and he also saw him.

"It's funny to go back now to something that happened so long ago. It shows his humility. At least now people know this wasn't an invention.

"If he invited me out for dinner, I'd go for sure. The first thing I'd do would be to say thank you and during the meal we would have time to remember those times."

Speaking to Morgan on the ITV programme the Juventus forward said, "We were a little hungry. We have a McDonald's next to the stadium, we knocked on the door and asked if they had any burgers.

"There was always Edna and two other girls. I never found them again.

"I asked people in Portugal, they closed the McDonalds, but if this interview can help find them, I would be so happy.

"I want to invite them to Turin or Lisbon to come have dinner with me because I want to give something back."

Paula Leca came forward on Portuguese radio. Image: Instagram
Paula Leca came forward on Portuguese radio. Image: Instagram

The five time Ballon d'Or winner was praised for his honesty throughout the interview as he showed his emotions when he talked about his late father.

We hope that the former United forward and the woman who helped him so much as a kid are reunited for a wonderful dinner, he probably won't serve McDonalds.

Topics: Football News, Serie A, Juventus, Piers Morgan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Italy, European Football

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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