Tributes from across the sporting world pour in for Cristiano Ronaldo following tragic death of newborn son
- Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez announced the death of their newborn son on Monday.
- Tributes from across the sporting world have since poured in.
Tributes from across the sporting world have poured in for Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez following the tragic death of their newborn son.
Ronaldo revealed the news in a statement on social media Monday, calling it the "greatest pain that any parents can feel."
The Manchester United star had announced last year that he and Rodriguez were expecting twins. The pair's baby daughter survived the birth.
"We are all devastated at this loss, and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time," said Ronaldo. "Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you."
Ronaldo's United teammate Marcus Rashford led the tributes on Twitter, writing: "Thoughts are with you and Georgina brother. I'm so sorry."
—Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) April 18, 2022
Brazil legend Cafu, Liverpool icon Kenny Dalglish, and Ukraine's Ruslan Malinovskyi were among the other former and current soccer players to send their wishes.
Cafu said: "My prayers for you and your family. May God comfort and give you strength. A hug from friend Cafu."
"Sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family for your unimaginable loss," added Dalglish, while Malinovskyi said: "Take care, Chris and Georgina."
Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt replied to Ronaldo's post on Instagram with three praying emojis.
The former NBA star Pau Gasol said: "Thinking of you and Georgina during this terrible time and sending you our love."
—Sir Kenny Dalglish (@kennethdalglish) April 18, 2022
Soccer clubs from across the globe, including the Ronaldo's former team Juventus, also sent their condolences.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Georgina and the whole family during this time," wrote Juventus on Twitter.
Manchester City wrote: "Everyone at Manchester City sends our deepest condolences to you and Georgina," while Liverpool said: "All of us here at Liverpool FC send our deepest condolences to you, Georgina and the family."
In a statement Tuesday, Manchester United said Ronaldo would miss the club's match against Liverpool on Tuesday evening.
"Family is more important than everything, and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time," said the club.
"Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family."
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