Manchester United’s legendary player Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that his infant son had died during childbirth.
On Monday, Ronaldo, 37, who was expecting twins with longtime girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, 28, announced the family’s tragedy on Instagram.
“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,” Ronaldo wrote. “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,” he continued. “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 and Rodríguez share 4-year-old daughter Alana. He is also father to 4-year-old twins Eva and Mateo, who were born via surrogate, and 11-year-old son Christiano Jr., who he has full custody of.
The premier league forward had previously announced that he and the Spanish model were adding to their brood, with a sweet snap of the couple in bed together holding ultrasound photos.
“Delighted to announce we are expecting twins. Our hearts are full of love – we can’t wait to meet you #blessed,” he wrote on October 28.
Ronaldo’s post received an outpouring of support from sports stars, his teammates, his football club, and celebrities. Olympian Usain Bolt sent three prayer hand emojis, while teammates David de Gea and Alex Telles replied with hearts.
“Your pain is our pain,” Manchester United shared. “Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.”
“Heartbreaking news,” wrote Piers Morgan. “My deepest condolences to you and your family.”