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  • Cristiano Ronaldo facing battle with the British mother of his baby over access rights
By Andrew Levy

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is allegedly coming under pressure from the woman who had his baby -- unveiled for the first time as an attractive British student -- to give her access to the child. The 25-year-old former Manchester United player stunned the world last summer by announcing he had become a father.

At the time he said his son would be raised under his 'exclusive guardianship' and it later emerged he had allegedly bought the 20-year-old mother's silence in a £10million deal.

Father: Cristiano Ronaldo, pictured here with his girlfriend, Russian-born supermodel Irina Shay, in August this year, is said to be under pressure from the mother of his child to be allowed access to the baby

But sources say she now bitterly regrets handing over her baby -- said to be the result of a one-night stand after she met the Portuguese superstar in a London nightclub -- and regularly phones him saying she has changed her mind and offering to pay the money back.

The woman is understood to be so distressed at her decision that she has become deeply depressed and dropped out of her course. A clause in the contract drawn up by Ronaldo's lawyers prevents her from discussing the situation with anybody, including her family and friends.

She has explained her sudden wealth on an unexpected windfall. 'She's often calling him late at night. She cried down the phone to him and pleads with him,' a source close to the woman told Britain's Sunday Mirror.

'He shouldn't even be in contact with her but they have got into a twisted sort of routine. 'She even calls him after matches to congratulate him on how he played, hoping that one day she can appeal to his better nature.

'She feels like she has sold her soul. She has this millionaire lifestyle but can never tell her friends and family the truth about what has happened and that makes her feel incredibly lonely.' A friend of Ronaldo, who moved to Real Madrid for a record £80million in 2009, said: 'As far as he is concerned it was her choice, her decision.'

Ronaldo has apparently said of the woman 'I've only spent time with her naked' -- a reference to their single night of passion in a hotel. After discovering she was pregnant, she contacted him through his agent, Jorge Mendes.

A DNA test was carried out while he was away playing for Portugal in the World Cup in South Africa and he announced he had become a father on Facebook on July 3. The first proper sighting of the six-month-old, who has curly brown hair and blue eyes, was in the crowd at a Real Madrid game on December 8. He was being carried by Ronaldo's mother Dolores, 55, who is raising the baby with the player's sisters, Elma and Liliana Catia.

A friend added: 'Somehow the child's mother has managed to get in touch with him and is hounding him to see the baby. 'She will tell him about the millionaire's life she is now leading, with trips to exclusive London nightclubs. Her friends think she is a lottery winner and that's exactly how she's been behaving.
'But she is finding out that nothing will take the place of seeing her own child grow up. If they carry on talking like this she will only get more and more hurt.'

Ronaldo won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League while at Manchester Utd and was voted FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008.

Courtesy the Daily Mail, UK

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