Madrid: Real Madrid's Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo said on Friday he hopes his nine-month-old son who he named after himself will one day succeed him on the football pitch.
"I think he’s going to be very smart, at least smarter than me," the striker said during an interview with the club's television station, Real TV.
"I will let him be whatever he wants. I won’t make him become a footballer. I’m not going to lie to you, I would like him to be my successor, but he will be whatever God wants him to be."
"I’m a good father. I’m still learning. You cannot express the feeling of being a dad in words. It is impressive to wake up in the morning and see a person of your own flesh and blood," he added.
The 25-year-old announced on his Facebook page on July 3 that he was the father of a baby boy, adding that mother's identity would be kept confidential and that he plans to raise the baby on his own.
His sister Katia told Portuguese media several days later that Ronaldo had named his newborn son after himself.
"He's called Cristiano just like his dad. Cristiano chose the name but we like it. He looks like his father and like me. He has the same eyes. We don't know the mother, we never met her," she told weekly newspaper Expresso.
Ronaldo, the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year, is dating Russian model Irina Shayk.