“The son of a fish knows how to swim,” ESPN translated Ronaldo’s Spanish caption. In the clip, which was filmed in the family’s backyard, one-year-old Mateo sprints up to a bright blue soccer ball before firing it straight into the back of the net. Ronaldo celebrates his son’s goal-scoring with a loud cheer as he playfully tackles the toddler on the grass.
Ronaldo (who also has Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., eight; Mateo’s twin, Eva; and Alana, 17 months) has previously admitted that fatherhood changed his life. “Becoming a parent and raising my family is honestly the greatest privilege I’ve had,” the 34-year-old said in a 2017 interview with Hello!. “It has shown me things about love I never knew existed. It has softened me and given me new perspective on what is really important in life.”
And Ronaldo has plenty to be proud of when it comes to his kids, as athletic talent clearly runs in the family. The former Real Madrid forward has shared impressive videos of his eldest son Junior on the field, hinting that the eight-year-old could have a pro career in his future.
But while he’s supportive of his son, Ronaldo jokes that Junior will have a hard time stealing his spotlight. The dad of four told Bein Sports, “I hope that [my son] can be like his father. He says he will be better than I, but I think it will be difficult.”