Former Cameroon midfielder Eric Djemba Djemba tells a heartwarming story about Cristiano Ronaldo for helping him overcome his own personal heartbreak of his mum on the eve of Juventus' Champions League clash with the Red Devils at Allianz Stadium in Turin.
The 37-year-old FC Vallorbes-Ballaigues midfielder and Juventus forward are both signed by the former club manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003 within days of each other and soon became close pals and the Portugal international him introduced him to Nando where both stars regularly feasted on chicken together at a restaurant in Manchester's city centre.
UCL: Man Utd players make jest of Ronaldo's aspirations
Man Utd, Chelsea & Barcelona vie for Ronaldo's signature
Juventus star Ronaldo dreams of Rooney reunion
Ronaldo recommend Real Madrid star for Juventus
Djemba, now plying his trade in Swiss amateur division with FC Vallorbes-Ballaigues told The Sun: "My mum died in 2010 and five-time Ballon d'Or winner was there for me when that happened.
"He was playing for Real Madrid at the time, he phoned me up and said, ‘If you need me and you need to talk to someone, I am here.'
"It was a moment I'll never forget and I really appreciated his kind words at a time when I was very upset."
Furthermore, Ronaldo has previously offered to help Djemba Djemba with his orphan charities in Cameroon as the midfielder continued.
"Cristiano said if I need anything, he is there. He will donate football kits, food and whatever he can to help.
"He knows I do a lot of charitable work and he has always offered his support.
"Cristiano's a very generous man."
Manchester United signed Ronaldo for £12.24 million from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2003 and sold him to Real Madrid six years later for a world-record £80 million fee.