Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of his “deepest sadness” after announcing that one of his twin babies has tragically died.
The Manchester United and Portugal striker revealed the heartbreaking news in a post on his social-media accounts on Monday evening.
Ronaldo said that girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez had given birth to a baby girl but explained that her baby brother had died.
“It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away,” Ronaldo said in a message on Instagram and Twitter addressed from him and Rodriguez.
“It is the greatest pain that any parents 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.”
Ronaldo and Rodriguez revealed in November that she was expecting twins. The following month, they disclosed on social media that they were expecting a boy and a girl.
Ronaldo’s baby girl is his fifth child. Rodriguez gave birth to their four-year-old daughter, Alana Martina, in November 2017. Five months earlier, Ronaldo became father to twins Eva Maria and Mateo, who were born via a surrogate. He also has an 11-year-old son, Cristiano Jr, from a previous relationship.