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How Cristiano Ronaldo Helped His Only Brother To Quit Alcoholism And Drug Use In 2014

Alcohol and narcotics are among the most commonly used substances today, and their usage has had a significant influence on the public health of many civilizations. When used excessively, these substances can even cause death. Many of its addicted users find that the road to recovery is long and difficult when they walk it alone, but when concerned individuals get involved, miracles may happen. In the instance of Hugo Aveiro, the one and only brother of Manchester United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who slipped into a life of alcohol and drugs in the late 1990s, this is exactly what happened.

Ronaldo's mother and brother.

It has been suggested by some that Hugo's road to drug misuse was influenced by an addiction gene that ran in the family because their late father Dinis Aveiro was also an alcoholic. Ronaldo's father died in 2005 as a result of liver failure caused by his excessive drinking. At the time of his death, Ronaldo was 20 years old and his career was just beginning to reach its zenith, according to the Portuguese International. Following his father's death, Ronaldo set out to become a world-class athlete and completely abstained from alcohol after witnessing how it destroyed his father. However, Ronaldo's older brother Hugo had already succumbed to the same demons as their father before Ronaldo.

Ronaldo with his father, who passed away.

With Hugo

A deal was struck between Ronaldo and his brother in 2014, in an effort to save him from his unwholesome lifestyle. If Real Madrid won the Champions League that year, both men promised that Hugo would give up his unwholesome habits. In the end, Los Blancos won 4-1 against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon, and Ronaldo was seen on video kissing his brother Hugo while telling him that he has completed his part by winning the Champions League and that now it is Hugo's turn to do the same by winning the Copa do Brasil.

In Lisbon for the 2014 Champions League final, photos of Cristiano Ronaldo and his brother were taken.

The turning point in Hugo's life occurred at that time, and from that point forth, the 46-year-old, who had fought with substance abuse for so long, began the trek to a spectacular recovery. Today, he is sober and is in charge of the CR7 museum in Madeira, Portugal, which was the recipient of the Ballon d'Or in 1998.

Even though it's impossible to imagine the immense pressure that Cristiano Ronaldo was under during the tense final against Atletico Madrid, it's thanks to him that another family member's life was spared from the devastation that would have resulted from the effects of substance abuse. The Portugese International has served as an inspiration to many, and his biggest regret will likely be that his father did not survive long enough to witness his dramatic ascent to fame.

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