Cristiano Ronaldo Will Miss Liverpool Clash After his Baby Son's Death
April 19, 2022
Ronaldo revealed the news on social media on Monday, sparking an out-pouring of support for the striker and his family from across the football world.
United confirmed on Tuesday that Ronaldo would not play in his team's crucial meeting with bitter rivals Liverpool.
"Family is more important than everything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time," a statement on United's website said.
"As such, we can confirm that he will not feature in the match against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday evening and we underline the family's request for privacy.
"Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family."
They confirmed the birth of a baby daughter at the same time as revealing their son's death.
"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," Ronaldo and Rodriguez said in a jointly signed statement.
"All of us here at Liverpool FC send our deepest condolences to you, Georgina and the family," Liverpool tweeted.
Ronaldo had scored a hat-trick in United's 3-2 win against Norwich at Old Trafford on Saturday.