Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that his newborn baby boy has died in a heartbreaking statement.
The Manchester United star said that he and his long-term girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez are experiencing ‘the greatest pain that any parents can feel’.
The couple announced they were expecting twins – their second set – in October 2021.
Cristiano and Georgina’s joint statement, posted this evening, confirmed the birth of their baby girl.
They said that the arrival of their daughter ‘gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness’.
The pair also thanked the medical staff who took care of the family.
The full statement reads: “It is with our deepest sadness 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.
“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.”
Ronaldo’s teammate Marcus Rashford was among the first to send condolences, writing: “Thoughts are with you and Georgina brother. I’m so sorry.”
Manchester United has commented: “Your pain is our pain. Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time, Cristiano.”
The Premier League posted: “The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the Premier League are with you and your family, Cristiano.”
Manchester City wrote: “Everyone at Manchester City sends our deepest condolences to you and Georgina.”
Featured image: Instagram, @cristiano