Cristiano Ronaldo announces tragic death of newborn son with “deepest sadness”

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Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of his “deepest sadness” after announcing that one of his twin babies has tragically died.

The Manchester United and Portugal striker revealed the heartbreaking news in a post on his social-media accounts on Monday night.

Ronaldo said that girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez had given birth to a baby girl but explained that the twin’s baby brother had died.

“It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away,” Ronaldo said in a message on Instagram and Twitter addressed from him and Rodriguez.

Ronaldo and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez revealed in November that she was expecting twins CREDIT: REUTERS

“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.”

It remains to be seen if Ronaldo – who scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Norwich to take his tally for the campaign to 21 goals – will decide to play any part in United’s Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night.

United offered their heartfelt sympathies to Ronaldo and his family in a Twitter post on Monday night that read: “Your pain is our pain, @Cristiano. Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.”

Ronaldo and Rodriguez revealed in November that she was expecting twins. The following month, they disclosed on social media that they were expecting a boy and a girl.

Ronaldo with Rodriguez and his children, Alana Martina, Eva Maria, Mateo and Cristiano Jr CREDIT: @CRISTIANO INSTAGRAM

Ronaldo’s baby girl is his fifth child. Rodriguez gave birth to their four-year-old daughter, Alana Martina, in November 2017. Five months earlier, Ronaldo became father to twins Eva Maria and Mateo, who were born via a surrogate. He also has an 11-year-old son, Cristiano Jr, from a previous relationship. (Telegraph UK)

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