2010/12/07

Football: DNA paternity test for Brazilian star Ronaldo

SAO PAULO, December  6, 2010 (AFP) - Star Brazilian footballer Ronaldo said on Monday on his Twitter feed that he is undergoing a DNA test to determine whether he is the father of a five-year-old boy living in Singapore.

"Life is full of suprises. After the sadness over yesterday's game (when his Corinthians team lost out to Fluminense in the Brazilian title race), today I got to know Alex, a beautiful, polite and healthy boy," the 34-year-old player wrote.

"Now we are waiting for the results of the test and will take on the responsibilities and pleasures that the results give us."

The mother of Alex, Michele Umezu, has been trying since 2009 to have Ronaldo recognised as the father and is demanding child support.

She says she met Ronaldo at a party in Tokyo in 2002 celebrating Brazil's success at that year's World Cup.

Ronaldo, she says, returned to Tokyo in 2004 during a tour of Real Madrid, for whom he was then playing. She said she became pregnant by him at that time.

Reports said Michele Umezu was a 28-year-old Brazilian living in Singapore.

Ronaldo, nicknamed 'Fenomeno', already has three children: a 10-year-old son with his ex, and two younger daughters, one aged one and the other eight months, with his current wife, Bia Anthony.

He rose to prominence as a prolific striker in the mid-1990s, playing for European giants Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid and winning the World Cup with Brazil in 2002.