He’s known for his incredible talents on the field and athletic prowess, but to scroll through Cristiano Ronaldo’s Instagram is to see that he’s also a doting dad who puts his children first and prioritises that time with family. It makes the sudden announcement of his son’s death during childbirth a devastating one that one can only imagine has Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, feeling immeasurable grief.
In October of last year, the pair announced that they were expecting twins, set to add to Ronaldo’s family of four, two of which are also twins. A statement released at the time, read: “Delighted to announce we are expecting twins. Our hearts are full of love – we can’t wait to meet you.” Rodriguez was quick to praise Ronaldo as a father, adding: “Every day by your side is happy and special. We love you indefinitely. Thank you so much to the best dad in the world.”
The 37-year-old football star has since made the heartbreaking announcement that his son died during childbirth, stating that the birth of the child’s twin sister is the only thing providing him and Rodriguez with the strength “to live this moment.”
Taking to Instagram to reveal the news, Ronaldo shared: “It is with our deepest sadness that we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away. It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel. Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.”
The post continued: “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.”
Responding to the footballer’s devastating news, Manchester United posted a message on Twitter that read: “Your pain is our pain, @Cristiano Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.” The club will travel to Anfield to play Liverpool on Tuesday int he Premier League, where it’s unclear whether the forward will take to the field for the game. Ronaldo returned to United in August having played for the club between 2003 to 2009. This season, he’s cemented his presence on the field as one of a dominant forward, becoming the club’s top scorer and even taking a hat-trick in the 3-2 win against Norwich City on Saturday which took his tally to 21 goals in all competitions.
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