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Tributes have been pouring in for Cristiano Ronaldo and his family following the devastating news of his baby son's death on Monday evening.
The Manchester United superstar released a heartbreaking joint statement with his long-term partner Georgina Rodriguez on Instagram, describing the situation as "the greatest pain that any parents can feel".
Teammates and opponents have been flooding to the post in equal measure to offer their condolences since the awful news broke, with United's official Instagram account commenting: "Your pain is our pain. Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time." Marcus Rashford wrote: "Thoughts are with you and Georgina brother. I am so sorry," while the likes of David De Gea, Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles also sending messages of love and support.
Juventus star Alvaro Morata, former Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo and ex-Barcelona star Kevin-Prince Boateng also offered kind words, as did TV presenter Piers Morgan and Olympian Yohan Blake.
The couple's statement read: "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," the couple's 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.
"Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you."
Ronaldo and Rodriquez met each other in 2016 while she was working as a Gucci shop assistant in 2016. She's since grown close with Ronaldo's other children, Cristiano Jr, 11, as well as twins Mateo and Eva, four, and gave birth to daughter Alana, 4, before falling pregnant with twins last year.
A few weeks ago, Georgina had described Cristiano as the best dad in the world as they awaited their new arrivals, writing on Instagram: "Every day by your side is happy and special.
"We love you indefinitely. Thank you so much to the best dad in the world."
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