Sat, Dec 11, 2010
The New Paper
Ronaldo: Boy in Singapore is my son

BRAZILIAN football striker Ronaldo has confirmed that Alexander, the five-year-old boy living in Singapore, is his son.

"The result of the test confirmed my feelings when I met Alex. Alex is my son, brother of more than 3 more beautiful children like him," the football superstar wrote yesterday on his official Twitter feed in Portuguese.

"And I will always behave as his father. Welcome."

The three-time Fifa World Player of the Year had said on Monday that he had a DNA test to determine whether he is Alexander's father.

He shared this on his Twitter social networking account, which allows people to write messages with 140 characters or less.

"Life is full of surprises. After the sadness over yesterday's game (when his Corinthians team lost), today I got to know Alex, a beautiful, polite and healthy boy," Ronaldo, 34, wrote on Monday.

"Now we are waiting for the results of the test and will take on the responsibilities and pleasures that the results give us."

Alexander's mother, Ms Michele Umezu, has been trying since last year to have Ronaldo recognised as the father and is demanding child support.

Ms Umezu, 28, who lives in Singapore, has been the talk of the 1,300-strong Brazilian community here, The Straits Times reported.

Brazilian media and websites reporting the paternity check have been running photographs of her with Ronaldo, as well as her and her son.


Housewife Flavia du Chenoy Bucey, 24, who moved to Singapore last year, said she was excited to learn that Ms Umezu was here too.

"We're all very curious about her, me and my friends. We haven't seen her but we hope to meet her," the former sports journalist, who has interviewed Ronaldo's first wife Milene Domingues, a Brazilian footballer, told ST.

Ms Umezu said she met Ronaldo in a party, in Tokyo in 2002, celebrating Brazil's victory in the World Cup that year.

Ronaldo, she said, returned to Tokyo in 2004 during a tour by Spanish club Real Madrid, whom he was playing for then. She said she became pregnant by him at that time.

Ms Umezu was tight-lipped in an interview with the Brazilian media in April, but said Alexander knew who his biological father was.

"Sometimes, he wants to see pictures of him. He looks like his father," she said, referring to Ronaldo.

"When he grows up, he would like to be like his dad."

Ronaldo, nicknamed the "Fenomeno", has three other children: Ronald, a 10-year-old son with his first wife Milene, and with his current wife Bia Anthony, he has two younger daughters, 21-month-old Maria Sophia and eight-month old Maria Alice.

The footballer, whose full name is Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, has played for top clubs like Spanish giants Barcelona and Italian sides AC Milan and Inter Milan.

He is Brazil's second highest top scorer with 62 goals, behind the legendary Pele, who scored 77.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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