Two days after Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 60th career hat-trick, the 37-year-old announced the demise of his son. The baby boy died when Ronaldo’s lover Georgina Rodriguez was in the process of giving birth to him and his twin’s sister.
According to Ronaldo’s announcement, the boy didn’t make it but the baby girl did which means that it is a situation of mixed feelings in the family of the football legend.
Recall that in October 2021, Ronaldo took to his Instagram page with over 400 million followers to announce that he and Georgina Rodriguez were expecting twins. In December 2021, he and his partner took to social media again to announce that they were expecting a boy and a girl.
On Saturday, April 16 after Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to help Manchester United defeat Norwich City 3-2, the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner put the match ball beneath his shirt as if he was pregnant. Little did his fans know that he was signaling that Georgina Rodriguez was close to giving birth to a twin boy and a girl.
The twins arrived on April 18, 2022, about 24 hours before Manchester United’s must-win match against second-placed Liverpool which is scheduled to kick off at 20:00 on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
Unfortunately, the boy did not make it. Reports claimed that during the delivery process, the medical team handling the process encountered difficulty. The process became so problematic that it became impossible for the two babies to come out alive. Hence, the boy had to go for the girl to stay alive.
“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live in this moment with some hope and happiness”, Cristiano Ronaldo wrote.
How many children does Cristiano Ronaldo have in 2022
After the demise of the baby boy during delivery, Cristiano Ronaldo now has five children. Three of his children were born through surrogacy – Cristiano Jr. (born on 17 June 2010), twins, daughter Eva, and son Mateo, born on 8 June 2017.
While Ronaldo’s lover, Georgina Rodriguez, has given birth to a baby girl, Alana Martina, on 12 November 2017 before the arrival of the twins on April 18, 2022.
If the boy had made it alongside his twin’s sister, Ronaldo would have been a father of six children. But the demise of the boy left Cristiano Ronaldo with five children.
Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez get support from the football world
Since the news of the demise of Cristiano Ronaldo’s baby boy, tributes have been pouring in from all walks of life.
One of the most notable tributes was the one from Real Madrid, a club Ronaldo played for between 2009 and 2018. Madrid’s message of support read: “Real Madrid CF, its president, and its Board of Directors deeply regret the death of one of the children that our beloved Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodríguez, were expecting.
“Real Madrid joins the pain of the whole family and wants to show them all our love and affection.”
Comunicado Oficial.#RealMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) April 18, 2022
Manchester United wrote on Twitter: “Your pain is our pain, @Cristiano Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.”
Even Manchester United’s rival in the Premier League, Liverpool wrote: “All of us here at Liverpool FC send our deepest condolences to you, Georgina, and the family.”
All of us here at Liverpool FC send our deepest condolences to you, Georgina and the family ❤️— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 18, 2022
Manchester United’s local rivals, Manchester City wrote: “Everyone at Manchester City sends our deepest condolences to you and Georgina.”
Everyone at Manchester City sends our deepest condolences to you and Georgina. 💙— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 18, 2022
Ronaldo’s teammate at Manchester United, Marcus Rashford wrote: “Thoughts are with you and Georgina brother. I’m so sorry”.
Thoughts are with you and Georgina brother ♥️ I’m so sorry— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) April 18, 2022
Tottenham Hotspur wrote: “Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur sends our thoughts and condolences to you and your family”.
Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur sends our thoughts and condolences to you and your family 💙— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 18, 2022
The Premier League official Twitter handle, tweeted: “The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the Premier League are with you and your family, Cristiano.”
The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the Premier League are with you and your family, Cristiano.— Premier League (@premierleague) April 18, 2022
Spanish La Liga’s official Twitter page tweeted: “So sorry to hear of your loss. We send our deepest condolences to you and your family.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s former club, Juventus, tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Georgina and the whole family during this time”.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Georgina and the whole family during this time ❤️— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) April 19, 2022