19 Apr 2022 | 12:43 | Football
Cristiano Ronaldo (Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Tuesday as the Portuguese star mourns the death of his newborn son.
Ronaldo revealed the news on social media on Monday, sparking a wave of support for the striker and his family from around the footballing world.
United confirmed on Tuesday that Ronaldo will not be playing in his team’s crucial meeting with nasty rivals Liverpool.
“Family is more important than anything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this extremely difficult time,” a statement on United’s website said.
“As such, we can confirm that he will not be available for Liverpool’s game at Anfield on Tuesday night and we stress the family’s request for privacy.
“Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family.”
Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez revealed in a social media post last October that the couple were expecting twins.
They confirmed the birth of a daughter at the same time as revealing their son’s death.
“It is with our deepest sadness that we must announce that our son has passed away. It is the greatest pain any parent can feel,” Ronaldo and Rodriguez said. said in a joint signed statement.
“Only the birth of a baby girl will give us the strength to live up to this moment with some hope and happiness. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses who have taken care of and supported all of us. their experts.
“We are all devastated by this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time.”
The couple, who met during Ronaldo’s time at Real Madrid, have a four-year-old daughter together, while Ronaldo has three other children.
Ronaldo’s United teammates participated sympathetically.
“Thoughts are with you and Georgina, brother, I’m so sorry,” striker Marcus Rashford wrote on Twitter.
Goalkeeper David de Gea responded to Ronaldo’s announcement with a simple heart emoji.
“All of us here at Liverpool FC send our deepest condolences to you, Georgina and family,” Liverpool tweeted.
Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in United’s 3-2 win over Norwich at Old Trafford on Saturday.
His absence will be a huge shock to fifth-placed United as they are looking to improve their top prospects against Liverpool, who can overtake Manchester City to top the table if they are avoided. failure.