Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that his son has died.
The superstar footballer wrote in an Instagram statement shared on Monday, 18 April: “It is with our deepest sadness that we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away." The post was also signed by Ronaldo's fiancee, Georgina Rodriguez.
The parents' statement continued: “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."
The couple concluded their tragic post by asking fans for 'privacy at this very difficult time'.
"Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you," they wrote.
Ronaldo and Rodriguez announced in October that they were expecting twins. He is already father to four children, twins Eva Maria and Mateo, eldest son Cristiano Jr. and youngest Alana Martina.
Taking to Instagram last year to share the news that Rodriguez was expecting, the Portuguese football star wrote: “Delighted to announce we are expecting twins. Our hearts are full of love - we can’t wait to meet you.”
Ronaldo became a father for the first time in 2010, but has never revealed the identity of Cristiano Jr’s mum.
In June 2017, the superstar athlete welcomed twins, daughter Eva and son Mateo, via surrogate in the US and just months later, on 12 November 2017, Rodriguez gave birth to their first child together, daughter Alana.
Ronaldo and Rodriguez have been together for more than five years and became engaged in September 2020.
Rodriguez relocated to Manchester with her husband-to-be when he signed to Manchester United in the 2021 summer transfer window.
Ronaldo confirmed he and Rodriguez will ‘100% tie the knot’ in his future wife’s hit Netflix show, I Am Georgina.
He said: “I always tell Georgina that when we get that click, like everything with our life and she knows what I’m talking about.
“It could be in a year, or it could be in six months or in a month. I’m 1000% sure it will happen.”
Gushing about Rodriguez during an appearance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories in 2019, Ronaldo said: “We’ll be [married] one day for sure. Geo is part of me. She’s helped me so much. I’m in love for her [sic] and I’m so passionate for her.”
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