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Football world mourns Ronaldo’s son loss

The world is standing by star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez are in mourning.

The couple announced at the Easter weekend announced their newborn baby boy has died.

The Manchester United forward wrote on Instagram in a joint statement signed by the couple:

“It is with the deepest sadness that we announce that our baby boy has passed away. It’s the greatest pain any parent can feel. Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness,” said Ronaldo.

“We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support. We are devastated at this loss and ask for privacy at this difficult time. Our boy, you are our angel. We will love you forever,” read the post.

Man United showed their support for Ronaldo in a Twitter saying: “Your pain is our pain, Cristiano. Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.”

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.

Ronaldo and Georgina met in 2016 while she was working as a retail assistant in Madrid.

Regarded as the best player in the world and one of the best players of all time is also the most-followed individual on Instagram, with over 425 million followers.

Ronaldo holds five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, more than any other European player, and is the first player in history to win four gold medals.

He has won 27 awards in his career, including five major league titles , the UEFA Champions League and one UEFA nations league.

The 37-year-old has scored more than 600 goals for his club and country.

Born to a cook mother and a municipal gardener, at the age of 14 he agreed with his mother to suspend his education to focus on football as he had already played for the amateur team Andorinha from 1992 to 1995 and later spent two years playing for Nacional.

In 1997, at the age of 12, he tried to play for Sporting CP, signing for £ 1,500. He later moved from Madeira to Alcochete , near Lisbon , to join other Sporting youth players at the club.

At the age of 15, he was diagnosed with heart disease , a condition that can compel him to stop playing football. He underwent surgery to remove a damaged heart and spent a few hours in hospital and then returned home, resuming his football training a few months later at Sporting CP , before signing for Manchester United at the age of 18 in 2003.

Real Madrid, Juventus and the national team of Portugal.