Portugal football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, in an interview with ITV, shed light upon a relatively unknown aspect of his life. He revealed how three McDonald employees helped him and a few of his teammates at Sporting Lisbon and feed them with leftover burgers late in the night when they were hungry.
The Juventus star forward stated in an interview with TV presenter Piers Morgan and talked in detail on various aspects of his life. In one such incident, he talked of his time in Lisbon when he used to ask for burgers to feed his hungry stomach from a McDonald outlet near Sporting CP’s stadium.
He recalled three employees, in particular, helped him and his teammates on a regular basis and that he would love to give something back to them as a token of gratitude.
“We were a little hungry. We had a McDonald’s next to the stadium, we knocked on the door and asked have you got any burgers,” Ronaldo recalled this episode from his life during his interview with Morgan.
“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 to have dinner with me because I want to give something back,” he stated.
In a recent turn of events, one of the three women which the five-time Ballon d’Or winner mentioned has come out. Named Paula Leca, she revealed that Ronaldo and his teammates would come almost every night in search for their dinner. She also accepted Cristiano Ronaldo’s invitation for dinner.
“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,” she told Portuguese radio station Renascenca.
“One of the boys was Cristiano Ronaldo who was perhaps the most timid of them all. This happened almost every night each week.
“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,” she concluded.