Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he felt "embarrassed" while trying to protect the family from allegations that he raped a woman in the United States.
Ronaldo was accused of sexually abusing Kathryn Mayorg at a June 2009 hotel in Las Vegas.
The Portugal striker, a five-time Champions League winner, has sharply denied the allegations and the investigation was initially closed 10 years ago.
It reopened in August 2018, just before Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September and offered details it initially denied.
Prosecutors announced in July this year that they would not prosecute the case because the charges could not be "proven beyond a reasonable doubt."
The former Manchester United player revealed that he was allegedly hit by a mental attempt while trying to protect his children from the report.
"They play with your dignity," Ronaldo told "Good Morning Britain" in an interview with Piers Morgan, which will air on Tuesday.
"It's hard. You have a girlfriend, you have a family, you have kids. When they play with your honesty, it's bad, it's hard.
"I remember one day I was at home in the living room with a girl watching television to see the news, and they talk about Cristiano Ronaldo doing this and that."
"I listened to my children go down the stairs and I changed the channel because I was uncomfortable.
"I just changed the channel for Cristiano Jr. Not to see him speak badly to his father about a very bad case."