Cristiano Ronaldo announced the heartbreaking tragedy of the loss of his baby boy.
The Manchester United star shared on Twitter and Instagram on Monday, April 18, that he and his partner, Georgina Rodríguez, lost their newborn. "It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away."
"It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel," their joint statement read. "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," Ronaldo and Rodríguez continued before wrapping up their statement with a message to their late son. "Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you."
Rodríguez also shared the statement to her respective Instagram page.
The grieving parents — who already share daughter Alana Martina, 4 — began their relationship in 2016 and announced in October 2021 that they were expecting twins. Ronaldo is also a dad to 4-year-old twins via surrogate, Mateo and Eva Marie, as well as 11-year-old son Cristiano Jr.
Upon learning of Ronaldo's tragic loss, celeb pals and other social media users flooded the pro athlete's comment section with their condolences, as Piers Morgan wrote: "Heartbreaking news. My deepest condolences to you and all your family," with a crying emoji. Teammates Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot also commented red heart emojis while Usain Bolt added three prayer hand emojis.
Ronaldo, 37, opened up about wanting a big brood of his own prior to the tragedy, previously telling lifestyle brand CR7 that he's aiming for seven kiddos to match his notorious jersey number, according to Daily Mail.
The Portuguese professional footballer also made the claim during an interview in July 2017, reportedly saying: "My eldest Cristianinho is very happy. He’s doing well and says he wants more brothers and sisters. He wants seven, the magic number, and I think that’s good."