THERE is no greater pain than the loss of a child and, today, Cristiano Ronaldo and partner Georgina Rodriguez will be struggling to process the death of their baby boy, amid the joy of the arrival of his twin sister.
The Manchester United striker, 37, announced the tragic passing of his son last night, saying the couple were “devastated” and adding: “Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.”
The devoted dad, who already had four children before Georgina fell pregnant with the twins, said simply: “It's the greatest pain any parent can feel.”
As the grieving process begins, the pair will be surrounded by a loyal squad of family and friends, ready to rally around them and help them in any way they can.
Messages of support are already pouring in, with teammate Marcus Rashford tweeting: "Thoughts are with you and Georgina brother. I’m so sorry."
Sir Kenny Dalglish wrote: “Sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family for your unimaginable loss.”
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Gary Lineker added: "Terribly sad news. Sincere condolences to you and your family."
There were also messages of sympathy from Man United's premiership rivals, including Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool.
But one of the most touching messages came from Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro, who posted a message on Instagram saying: “I love you and my heart is with you over there. May God take care of you and strengthen your path more and more.”
Referring to Ronaldo’s dad Dinis, who died from liver failure in 2005, she added: "Our little angel is already on daddy's lap.
"Our little girl is there, firm and strong and full of health and is going to show us with every day that only love matters."
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