Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez returned home with their newborn daughter on Thursday, days after the footballer confirmed his partner had lost the child’s twin brother during birth.
The Manchester United striker shared a social media update shortly after their baby girl made the journey back from hospital following her birth on Monday.
Posting a photo for his 430million followers, Ronaldo, 37, cradled his daughter while accompanied by Spanish partner Georgina and their four children – three of which the footballer fathered through surrogates.
Captioning the post, he wrote: ‘Home sweet home. Gio and our baby girl are finally together with us. We want to thank everyone for all the kind words and gestures.
‘Your support is very important and we all felt the love and respect that you have for our family. Now it’s time to be grateful for the life that we’ve just welcomed into this world.’
The post was shared shortly after Ronaldo returned to full training with Manchester United, after missing their 4-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool on Tuesday evening.
Back home: Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez returned home with their newborn daughter on Thursday, days after the footballer confirmed his partner had lost the child’s twin brother during birth
The Portuguese footballer announced in October 2021 that he was expecting twins with long-term partner Georgina, who he met while playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid.
However a statement released on Monday confirmed one of the couple’s twins had died, with Ronaldo describing the loss as ‘the greatest pain.’
He wrote: ”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 announcement 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.’
Announcement: The Manchester United star announced in October 2021 that he was expecting twins with his partner Georgina Rodriguez
Devastated: A statement from the couple confirmed the death of their baby boy as ‘the greatest pain’, but said their baby girl survived
Ronaldo originally shared the news of Georgina’s pregnancy with fans on social media, admitting their hearts are full of love.’
‘Delighted to announce we are expecting twins. Our hearts are full of love – we can’t wait to meet you,’ he wrote in October.
Ronaldo’s post showed himself and Georgina proudly displaying their twins’ ultrasounds, along with an image of his four children swimming together.
Georgina shares daughter Alana, three, with Cristiano. The Manchester United star also has son Cristiano Jr., 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four.
The statement from Ronaldo and Rodriguez in full
‘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.
‘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.’
Since meeting in 2016, Georgina has followed five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo from Madrid to Turin and then Manchester, as he left Real Madrid for Juventus and United.
Ronaldo’s oldest son Cristiano Jr. was born in the United States in 2010 but immediately taken back to Madrid to be raised in Spain. The identity of his mother is unknown.
In June 2017, the then-Real Madrid star surprised fans with the news he’d welcomed twins Eva and Mateo through a surrogate, and just one month later he and Georgina announced they were expecting their first child together.
Asked by Spanish publication El Mundo whether he was ‘happy’ to be expecting again, he said: ‘Yes, very much.’
Georgina then gave birth to their daughter Alana on November 12, 2017, with the sportsman announcing the news on Instagram, writing: ‘Alana Martina is just born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great! We are all very happy!’
Georgina Rodriguez’s whereabouts were not immediately clear on Monday night.
Spanish press reported earlier this year she was set to give birth to her twins at a private Madrid hospital.
The reports said the 28-year-old had placed her trust once again in University Hospital Quironsalud Madrid near to the £4.8m home in the gated estate of La Finca which Ronaldo still owns.
Georgina was reportedly spotted visiting the hospital during her visit to the Spanish capital in January with Cristiano, when they stayed in a suite in the five-star Rosewood Villa Magna Hotel after a romantic meal together.
She gave birth in a VIP suite in the prestigious hospital, a favourite of the rich and famous, to their daughter Alana Martina on November 12, 2017.
The suite, one of four at the clinic with a bedroom and living room area, two bathrooms, wifi, a television and safe, was in a restricted area with direct access to an underground garage.
Tamara Degenhardt, named as the doctor who took charge of Georgina’s last birth, is still believed to be at the hospital where she heads up its Prenatal Diagnosis Unit.
Happy family: Georgina shares daughter Alana, three, with Ronaldo, and the Manchester United star also has son Cristiano Jr., 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four
‘Thoughts are with you brother’: Marcus Rashford, Usain Bolt and Manchester United offer condolences after Cristiano Ronaldo heartbreakingly reveals one of his twins died during birth, leaving him and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez ‘devastated’
Celebrities from the world of football and beyond sent their condolences to Cristiano Ronaldo this evening after the Manchester United star revealed his newborn son has died.
The 37-year-old announced in October 2021 that he was expecting twins with his partner Georgina Rodriguez, 28, but a statement from the couple on Monday revealed the death of their baby boy as ‘the greatest pain’, but said their baby girl survived.
Team-mate and England international Marcus Rashford led the tributes, saying on Twitter: ‘Thoughts are with you and Georgina brother. I’m so sorry.’
Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro, said on Instagram: ‘I love you and my heart is all there on this side… May God take care of everything and strengthen your path more and more…
‘Our little angel is already in her father’s lap, and our little girl who is here firm and strong and full of health will teach us more and more that only love matters…’
Cristiano Ronaldo’s newborn son has died – the Manchester United star announced in October 2021 that he was expecting twins with his partner Georgina Rodriguez
Jamaican world-record sprinter Usain Bolt, who is a United fan, replied to Ronaldo’s Instagram post with three praying emojis, while Piers Morgan said: ‘Heartbreaking news. My deepest condolences to you and all your family.’
Gary Lineker tweeted: ‘Terribly sad news. Sincere condolences to you and your family.’
His club Manchester United stated their support, saying: ‘Your pain is our pain. Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.’
Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro replied to the Instagram with a sad-face emoji, while Diogo Dalot replied with a love heart.’
Team-mates such as Diogo Dalot, David de Gea and Alex Telles also replied with love-heart emojis as the dressing-room sent their support to their star player.
Georgina is pictured alongside Cristiano Jr., clutching his father’s Manchester United shirt after his return to Manchester was announced last year
Unexpected: In June 2017, the then-Real Madrid star surprised fans with the news he’d welcomed twins Eva and Mateo through a surrogate, and just one month later he and Georgina announced they were expecting their first child together
Ronaldo and Georgina famously met while she was working as a retail assistant in Madrid, as they caught eyes across the rails in a Gucci store in 2016.
In 2020, she admitted that the chance meeting with Ronaldo made her ‘fall in love at first sight’.
She claimed that the feeling was mutual following their encounter as she revealed in a recent interview with Italy’s ELLE magazine.
Georgina said: ‘The first meeting with Ronaldo was at Gucci where I worked as a sales assistant. Days later we saw each other again at another brand’s event.
Smitten: Georgina and footballer Cristiano famously met while she was working as a retail assistant in Madrid, as they caught eyes across the rails in a Gucci store in 2016. In 2020, she admitted that the chance meeting made her ‘fall in love at first sight’
‘It was then we could talk in a relaxed atmosphere, outside of my work environment. It was love at first sight for both.’
Ronaldo has in the past claimed he wants to take his tally of children to seven, matching his notorious shirt number and lifestyle brand CR7.
Speaking during an interview in China in July 2017 when he had just three kids and had been dating Georgina for around a year, he was quoted by Portugese daily Correio da Manha as 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.’
Close family: Georgina is pictured with children Eva, Mateo and Alana in an undated social media post
Proud father: Ronaldo has in the past claimed he wants to take his tally of children to seven, matching his notorious shirt number and lifestyle brand CR7
On Thursday afternoon Ronaldo returned to train alongside his Manchester United team-mates for the first time since he announced the tragic death of his newborn baby son.
Ronaldo missed their 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Tuesday, as fans of both Liverpool and United joined in a round of applause in the seventh minute of the game as a symbol of support for the Old Trafford hero.
Sportsmail reported on Tuesday that the footballer had been given compassionate leave for as long as he wanted.
However, the footballing icon returned to training on Wednesday for an individual session.
Then on Thursday, he was pictured arriving at the club’s training base in Carrington beforefather: later taking part in his first session with team-mates since the announcement at the beginning of the week.
Devoted: Georgina has followed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner from Madrid to Turin and then Manchester, as he left Real Madrid for Juventus and United
He’s back Ronaldo has returned to training alongside his Manchester United team-mates and was seen at Carrington with Nemanja Matic on Thursday
Ronaldo was pictured in conversation with midfielder Nemanja Matic, as the Red Devils prepare for their massive clash away at Arsenal on Saturday.
He was also seen taking part in a running session alongside a number of other team-mates including Marcus Rashford.
His appearance training with his team-mates raises optimism for the Red Devils that he will be ready for selection against the Gunners in what could be a crucial game for their top-four chances.
United, who are sixth in the table, are three points behind Tottenham and Arsenal – and have played a game more than their rivals.
Hopeful: His return to training with team-mates brings up the possibility he could play at the weekend
Make way: Ronaldo was pictured arriving at United’s Carrington training ground in the back of a car on Thursday
Ronaldo’s return will be a great sight after a week in which the football world has stood in support with the Portuguese international following his tragic loss.
The United star has also taken to Instagram to thank fans for the minute’s applause he received at Anfield on Tuesday.
He wrote: ‘One world… One sport… One global family… Thanks, Anfield. Me and my family will never forget this moment of respect and compassion.’
Players from both teams wore black armbands as a mark of respect on Tuesday night, and fans joined together to applaud in the seventh minute – a gesture that was initially suggested by Liverpool supporters who sang You’ll Never Walk Alone at the end of the minute’s applause.
In his last game for United, last Saturday, he scored a hat-trick as his side ran out 3-2 winners against Norwich.
At the final whistle, Ronaldo took the match ball and put it under his shirt, appearing to reference the fact Rodriguez was due to give birth imminently.
Grateful; Ronaldo thanked Liverpool fans for their ‘moment of respect and compassion’ in applauding him and singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ after the death of his newborn baby