Cristiano Ronaldo and partner Georgina Rodriguez jointly announced on Monday they had lost their baby son. “It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel. Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live in this moment with some hope and happiness,” they said in part. “Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you.”

Ronaldo and Rodriguez first announced that they were expecting twins in October of 2021, and later revealed they would be boy/girl fraternal twins. The family has since requested privacy in the wake of this tragic news, and didn’t provide any more information besides the fact that their daughter was born safely.

Ronaldo’s current team, Manchester United, confirmed that he wouldn’t be playing in Tuesday’s game against Liverpool due to the news. They also responded to his Twitter statement saying, “Your pain is our pain. Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.”

Many more of Ronaldo’s teammates, former football clubs, and rival teams joined calls of grief and support for Ronaldo upon hearing of their loss. The Premier League itself even tweeted, “The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the Premier League are with you and your family.”

Ronaldo and Rodriguez share one daughter already, Alana Martina, and Ronaldo is the father to twins Eva and Mateo born via surrogate. His first son, Cristiano Junior, was born in 2010 in the United States to an unnamed woman.

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