After the death of one of his newborn twins, Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Manchester United’s game with Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 37 will not be in the squad for Tuesday’s game at Liverpool after the death of his newly born son, the Manchester United club has said.
“Family is more important than everything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time,” the club said in a statement on its website.
“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.”
“Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family” It added.
The United player and his partner, Georgina Rodríguez, announced on social media Monday night that their baby son had died during childbirth, and Ronaldo is on compassionate leave.
Ronaldo and Rodríguez said that they were drawing strength from the birth of the infants’ twin sister.
Posted on Instagram, they said they are “devastated” at the loss of their son and called it the “greatest pain that any parent 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.”
Manchester United player and England international Marcus Rashford wrote on Twitter: “thoughts are with you and Georgina brother. I’m so sorry.”
Former Scottish player Sir Kenny Dalglish wrote: “sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family for your unimaginable loss.”
Liverpool in a tweet sent their condolences to the family “all of us here at Liverpool FC send our deepest condolences to you, Georgina and the family.”
Ronaldo’s former club Juventus said: “our thoughts and prayers are with you, Georgina and the whole family during this time.”
Former England and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler tweeted: “Thoughts and prayers go out to you, Georgina and your family Cristiano”.
Broadcaster Gary Lineker tweeted: “Terribly sad news. Sincere condolences to you and your family.”
Ronaldo and Georgina announced they were expecting a set of twins last October, then later shared they were expecting a boy and a girl.