The Legacy of Champions: Sachin and Ronaldo Family Story

If we were to start about their greatness on the field of play, words would not be enough to do justice to the impact they leave on the field and in the hearts of the fans.

Former Indian star Sachin Tendulkar won the World Cup in 2011 (Courtesy: BCCI/Twitter)
By Karthik Raman | Mar 17, 2024 | 4 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

So if I tell you to name the first player that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “The Record Breaker“, only two names could be heard. If you are a cricket fan you would name The God of Cricket, the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar whereas if you are a Football fan, you would name the Legend who brought Portugal to the Map of Football, Cristiano Ronaldo.

If we were to start about their greatness on the field of play, words would not be enough to do justice to the impact they leave on the field and in the hearts of the fans. What they present on the field is a pure work of art that you cannot have in just one day. They both trained for countless hours and gave their all. They both started off when they both had nothing to lose and were at the bottom but the stars had a separate story planned for the greats.

We have seen the young stars of our generation dedicate their victory and success to their temporary partners and have been changing partners after getting bored and ditching their families for just casual flings. Eventually, these petty reasons become a prime reason for the downfall of these young players whom we see shine for a season and are lost the next season.

This is what separates Cristiano Ronaldo and Sachin Tendulkar from the others. They know that it is their family who supported them, pushed them, picked them up when they fell and stood by in all situations so that they could see the rising son when they become the best players or should I say, The Champions.

The families of these two Champions have been nothing short of an F1 Pit Crew. You might be thinking how can a F1 Pit Crew be compared to the families of these two? The F1 Pit Crew ensures that the racer has the best equipment to their capacity and does everything in their capacity just for the racer to win but they do not get enough fame. Similarly, the families of these players do everything but fail to get the fame they deserve. Let us delve into the life of these two players and find out more about their families.

Who are their mothers?

A mother is closest to the heart of their son. Similarly, Maria Dolores Dos Santos Aveiro has been the support system of Cristiano Ronaldo while Rajni Tendulkar has been the lifeline of the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

A mother is ready to give her heart out for their son and these two super moms had not left any stone unturned to provide the best for the sons. Maria Dolores Dos Santos Aveiro used to work as a cook while the family used to live in extreme poverty. Cristiano was the unplanned child and had to go through a lot of hardships but it was Maria Dolores who always stood as a guard for her son. Cristiano had to go through a life taking Racing Heart Disease but Maria stood by Cristiano to bring him out of that.

On the other hand, Rajni Tendulkar was the second wife of Sachin’s father. She worked in the Foreign Department of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, did household chores and always had enough time to be with Sachin and ensured he got the best things possible to her limit. Sachin was an extremely notorious child and was often into fights and while everyone gave up on him, his mother knew he would make it big.

Both the players always love to spend their time with their mother and both of them have publicly said that their mother is irreplaceable. Cristiano Ronaldo , while he was dating Irina Shayk had an issue where Irina was irritated that Ronaldo took her mother everywhere, Ronaldo immediately asked her to apologize and broke up with her.

Who are their fathers?

A father is someone who does not show his love upfront but his actions say “ I am Always there for you “ . Similarly, both of their fathers have done things that no one would have done for them but the worst part about all of this is that both of their fathers were not there to see their sons succeed.

Sachin’s father Ramesh Tendulkar was a well-known Marathi Poet and Novelist who was also a professor at Kirti College in Mumbai. Ramesh always supported Sachin in his dream of becoming the best cricketer. Ramesh Tendulkar sadly passed away due to a heart attack on May 19, 1999. At that time, Sachin was with the Indian team in England for the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo’s father, Jose Dinis Aveiro used to work two jobs in order to get food on the table. He was a municipal gardener and a part-time kit man for the club Andorinha. Cristiano was playing for Manchester United when he heard about the demise of his father and till date whenever he thinks about how his father could not see him succeed, breaks his heart.

Who are their Partners?

Behind every successful man, there is a woman and you didn’t think we would forget their partners.

Sachin is married to Anjali Tendulkar who left her career just to support Sachin and take care of the family. Sachin and Anjali have two kids, Sara Tendulkar who is a model and a son Arjun Tendulkar who is an aspiring cricketer.

Cristiano has been dating the Argentine Model Georgina Rodriguez for a really long time and they are soon to get married. The couple have two children together. Georgina has been acting as the step mother of the other children of Cristiano who are from his previous relationships. She never had complaints about the children or his mother and always treated his family as her own.