Cristiano Ronaldo paid a heartfelt tribute to the wife of Jose Semedo, his former Sporting Portugal teammate, who died suddenly.
Critics including Cristiano Ronaldo has been the target in recent days after a string of poor results from Manchester United in the Premier League, between a defeat against Aston Villa (0-1) and a draw against Everton (1-1), necessarily seemed very ridiculous. The five-time Golden Ball has indeed learned, last week, the sudden disappearance of the wife of José Semedo, his former teammate of Sporting Lisbon, with whom he remained very close.
“There are times when everything takes a back seat, including football”, wrote Cristiano Ronaldo to begin his message tribute to Soraia, who died on Thursday at 36 years of age from complications caused by an infection. “Last week, unexpectedly, a fantastic human being left, our dear Soraia, a wonderful mother and wife of one of the best friends that life has given me, he continued. Nothing can erase the pain of my brother José Semedo and the whole family, but we are together, today as always, to face this very difficult time. Rest in peace my friend. We will never forget you. ”
Jose Semedo and Cristiano Ronaldo met at Sporting Portugal’s training center and if the defensive midfielder followed a much less glorious trajectory, playing in particular in Cagliari, Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and Vitoria Setubal, the two men remained very close. To the point of sometimes going on vacation together. The native of Setubal has also explained in the past to be eternally indebted to Cristiano Ronaldo. “If he hadn’t been there, I would have been kicked out of the academy and returned to the neighborhood where I grew up, he had confided. Many of my childhood friends are in prison or have become addicted to drugs. Nothing makes me think that I would not have followed the same path. I owe my sports career, my children and my wonderful life to Cristiano. ” A life now bruised.