Cristiano Ronaldo tried to shield his children from the rape allegation

Cristiano Ronaldo gets emotional as he speaks about how he has tried to protect his children after he was accused of rape.

The Juventus player, 34, has always denied the accusation and in June the lawsuit against him was dropped when model Kathryn Mayorga withdrew her allegation.

In an upcoming interview Ronaldo becomes incredibly animated while talking about the moment his young son Cristiano Jr nearly saw news footage of the allegations.

He says: ‘They play with your dignity, it’s hard.

‘You have a girlfriend, you have a family, you have a kids. When they play with your honesty it’s bad, it’s hard.

‘I remember one day I was at home in the living room with my girlfriend watching television, we see the news and they speak about “Cristiano Ronaldo…this and that”, and you listen your kids coming down the stairs, and you change the channel because I was embarrassed.

‘I feel embarrassed. I just change the channel. For Cristiano to see that they speak bad about his father, it became a very bad case. Makes me feel so bad.’

Cristiano is dad to Cristiano Jr, eight, Alana, one, and two-year-old twins Eva Maria and Mateo.

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His comments come in a revealing interview with Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan.

He is also reduced to tears by a clip from an interview with his late father Dinis, who died of alcoholism in 2004.

Through floods of tears, he explains to Piers: ‘I think the interview would be funny, but I didn’t expect to cry.

‘But I really don’t know my father 100%. He was a drunk person. I never spoke with him, like a normal conversation. It was hard.’

Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan airs Tuesday at 9pm on ITV.

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