Manchester United and its players are among those who have passed on their condolences to Cristiano Ronaldo, who announced his newborn baby had passed away.
The Premier League star was expecting twins with his partner, Georgina Rodriguez. In an emotional statement, the couple revealed the birth of their baby girl ‘gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness’.
“It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away,” the statement began.
“It is the greatest pain that any parent can feel.
“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.
“We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support. We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time.
“Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you.”
In October, the Manchester United forward revealed and Ms Rodriguez were expecting twins.
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And in December, she revealed the twins would be a boy and a girl.
Ronaldo shares daughter Alana, four, with Rodriguez and also has a son Cristiano Jnr, 11, as well as twins Eva and Mateo, four, via surrogate mothers.
Responding to Ronaldo’s announcement, Manchester United said: “Your pain is our pain, @Cristiano [heartbreak emoji].
“Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.”
It’s not clear whether Ronaldo will play any part of Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Teammates David De Gea and Marcus Rashford were among the many to send the couple their condolences, as have neighbors Manchester City.
“Thoughts are with you and Georgina, brother,” Rashford wrote on Twitter. “I’m so sorry.”
League leaders City, meanwhile, posted: “Everyone at Manchester City sends our deepest condolences to you and Georgina.”