Cristiano Ronaldo and partner announce newborn son has died

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Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, announced Monday that their baby son has died, calling it “the greatest pain that any parent can feel.”

The couple had announced in October that they were expecting twins and added in December that the twins would be a boy and a girl.

“It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away. It is the greatest pain that any parent can feel, ”said a message from the couple posted to Ronaldo’s Twitter account. “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. ”

The couple asked for privacy and added, “Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you. ”

Ronaldo will not play in Manchester United’s Premier League game Tuesday, the team announced. “Family is more important than anything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time,” United said in a statement. “As such, we can confirm that he will not feature in the match against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday evening and we underline the family’s request for privacy.”

In a tweet, Manchester United added, “Your pain is our pain, @Cristiano Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.” The Premier League tweeted: “The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the Premier League are with you and your family, Cristiano.” Liverpool tweeted: “All of us here at Liverpool FC send our deepest condolences to you, Georgina and the family.”

Ronaldo and Rodriguez have a daughter who was born in November 2017, and he is the father of fraternal twins born via surrogacy in June 2017. He also has an 11-year-old son with a former partner whom he has not publicly identified.

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