Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed family BBQ before newborn twin's death

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez posted a video of a family barbecue just hours before the death of their newborn son, it emerged today. 

The Manchester United star had scored a hat-trick in his side’s 3-2 victory against Norwich City on Saturday and was seen walking off the pitch with the ball under his shirt, which gave the appearance of a baby bump.

Also over the weekend, Ronaldo is believed to have enjoyed a family gathering in the spring sunshine with Miss Rodriguez as well as her sister Ivana and a Spanish sports reporter friend of the footballer’s called Edu Aguirre. 

It is not clear exactly when the gathering took place, but Ronaldo can be seen wearing an Adidas training top and the sun appears to be low in the sky, which suggests it most likely took place after Saturday’s match.

Ronaldo and Miss Rodriguez were expecting twins but said last night that only their daughter survived. Miss Rodriguez is thought to have given birth at a hospital in Manchester, given that Ivana – who lives in Gijon, Spain – was in the city along with Mr Aguirre and the journalist’s partner Julia Salmean, who is close to Miss Rodriguez.

Ivana became a mother for the first time last November with Spanish boyfriend Carlos Garcia and starred in the recent hit Netflix programme ‘I Am Georgina’ about her sister’s rags-to-riches life.

It had originally been believed that Miss Rodriguez would give birth to her twins at the private Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital near to the £4.8million in the gated estate of La Finca which Ronaldo still owns.

Miss Rodriguez was reportedly seen visiting the hospital during her visit to Madrid in January with Ronaldo, 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 to their daughter Alana Martina on November 12, 2017.

But sharp-eyed social media followers spotted Ivana with a baby believed to be her four-month old daughter Deva on her lap at the barbecue. Ivana also posted on Instagram yesterday, saying that she was in England. 

Ronaldo is seen (sat down with face to camera) with a man in a black T-shirt (left) who is a Spanish sports reporter friend of the footballer's called Edu Aguirre. They were believed to be a barbecue at Ronaldo's home in Manchester over the weekend

Ronaldo is seen (sat down with face to camera) with a man in a black T-shirt (left) who is a Spanish sports reporter friend of the footballer’s called Edu Aguirre. They were believed to be a barbecue at Ronaldo’s home in Manchester over the weekend

The woman wearing the blue coat with a baby on her lap, is Miss Rodriguez's sister Ivana. The baby in her arms is thought to be her four-month-old daughter Deva

The woman wearing the blue coat with a baby on her lap, is Miss Rodriguez’s sister Ivana. The baby in her arms is thought to be her four-month-old daughter Deva

Ronaldo is believed to have enjoyed a party in the spring sunshine over the weekend with Miss Rodriguez and their friends

Ronaldo is believed to have enjoyed a party in the spring sunshine over the weekend with Miss Rodriguez and their friends

Manchester United star Ronaldo had scored a hat-trick in his side's 3-2 victory against Norwich City on Saturday and was seen on the BBC's Match of the Day walking off the pitch with the ball under his shirt, which gave the appearance of a baby bump

Manchester United star Ronaldo had scored a hat-trick in his side’s 3-2 victory against Norwich City on Saturday and was seen on the BBC’s Match of the Day walking off the pitch with the ball under his shirt, which gave the appearance of a baby bump

A statement from the couple confirmed the death of their baby boy as 'the greatest pain', but said their baby girl survived

A statement from the couple confirmed the death of their baby boy as ‘the greatest pain’, but said their baby girl survived

 

Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez first revealed they were expecting twins in October last year, posting a social media photo of themselves in bed holding a baby scan

 Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez first revealed they were expecting twins in October last year, posting a social media photo of themselves in bed holding a baby scan

Georgina Rodriguez shares daughter Alana, three, with Ronaldo. The Manchester United star also has son Cristiano Jr, 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four

Georgina Rodriguez shares daughter Alana, three, with Ronaldo. The Manchester United star also has son Cristiano Jr, 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four

Georgina Rodriguez is pictured alongside Cristiano Jr, clutching his father's Manchester United shirt after his return to Manchester was announced last year

Georgina Rodriguez is pictured alongside Cristiano Jr, clutching his father’s Manchester United shirt after his return to Manchester was announced last year

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match against Norwich City on Saturday

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match against Norwich City on Saturday

Georgina Rodriguez posted this photograph on Instagram a week ago of her with three of their children at a Vue cinema

Georgina Rodriguez posted this photograph on Instagram a week ago of her with three of their children at a Vue cinema

Ronaldo posted this family photograph two weeks ago on Instagram with the simple caption: 'Family is everything #proud'

Ronaldo posted this family photograph two weeks ago on Instagram with the simple caption: ‘Family is everything #proud’ 

The home Cristiano Ronaldo shares with Georgina Rodriguez and their children in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, is pictured today

The home Cristiano Ronaldo shares with Georgina Rodriguez and their children in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, is pictured today

Portuguese journalist Adriano Silva Martins appeared to claim on TV station CMTV that the birth had been a Caesarian, by saying it had been ‘programmed’ to take place yesterday because it was a day between games for Ronaldo. Manchester United are due to face Liverpool at Anfield tonight, but Ronaldo is unlikely to play.

Miss Rodriguez posted footage of the barbecue on her Instagram Stories early on Sunday morning, showing a leafy residential street and wrote in Spanish: ‘Good Morning Manchester.’

CHRIS WHEELER: For all of Ronaldo’s success, family has always come first

When Cristiano Ronaldo’s pregnant partner Georgina Rodriguez revealed the gender of their twins in December, she decided to post a video on social media.

Ronaldo’s sons Cristiano Junior and Mateo burst a blue balloon filled with confetti and shouted ‘It’s a boy!’ in Portuguese, while his daughters Eva and Alana burst a pink balloon and shouted ‘It’s a girl!’ as Georgina giggled behind the camera. The clip seems especially poignant this morning after Ronaldo confirmed the heart-breaking news that his baby boy has not survived.

Losing a child is a crushing blow for any parent and certainly one as family orientated as Ronaldo. ‘I have millions and billions but the most important thing is family,’ he said in a recent interview. ‘Keep your family healthy and take care of them because this is the most important thing in the world.’

As a football icon, Ronaldo will always divide opinion among fans of different clubs. Only last week in these pages, he was criticised for smashing the phone of an autistic teenager after Manchester United’s game at Everton. But away from the pitch and the spotlight, the 37-year-old has embraced fatherhood with open arms, as you would expect from someone who learned to appreciate the meaning of family from a very early age.

The youngest of four children raised in poverty on the island of Madeira, he flew on his own to mainland Portugal at the age of 12 to join Sporting Lisbon and cried every day for the first year because he missed home so much.

His mother Dolores, a matriarchal figure who has been the dominant force in Ronaldo’s life, flew over to watch him play but needed sedating because she would become so nervous that she passed out. His father Jose Dinis Aveiro was a heavy drinker who died from the effects of alcoholism at the age of 53 in 2005, when Ronaldo was 20 and two years after he arrived at Manchester United. His brother Hugo has also battled alcohol and substance abuse.

Ronaldo seemed to have his heart set on a big family of his own. Cristiano Junior was born in June 2010, although his mother’s identity has never been revealed. Twins Eva and Mateo arrived in June 2017 via a surrogate mother, and Georgina gave birth to Alana in November 2017.

Speaking about family in an interview that year, Ronaldo opened up on the joys of fatherhood and in particular the memories he would share with Cristiano Junior, now 12, who followed in his dad’s footsteps two months ago by officially signing for United.

‘When you are a father, it is a completely different feeling, a feeling that I cannot describe,’ he said. ‘There is a moment with my son that I will always remember so clearly. When I think about it, I feel warm.

‘It was the moment on the field after Real Madrid won the last Champions League final in Cardiff (against Juventus in 2017). We made history that night. When I was on the pitch after the final whistle, it felt like I had sent a message to the world. But then my son came on the field to celebrate with me and it was like the snap of a finger. Suddenly, the entire emotion changed. We held the trophy together. Then we walked around the field, hand in hand. It is a joy that I did not understand until I was a father.

‘I had a special message engraved on my new boots. It’s right on the heel, and the words are the last thing that I read before I lace up my boots and go to the tunnel: the dream of the child. Maybe now you understand.’

But a post on the Portuguese footballer’s Instagram page read last night: ‘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.’

Ronaldo, 37, and Miss Rodriguez, 28, paid tribute to their ‘angel’ baby boy, saying ‘we will always love you’.

‘We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support,’ the couple said. ‘We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time.’ 

The couple first revealed they were expecting twins in October, posting a social media photo of themselves in bed holding a baby scan.

‘Delighted to announce we are expecting twins. Our hearts are full of love – we can’t wait to meet you,’ Ronaldo wrote. A picture of the player with his four children in their hot tub, all holding up two fingers to represent the twins, was also shared.

The couple already have four-year-old daughter Alana Martina, who was born in November 2017.

Ronaldo is also father to Cristiano Jr, 11, whose mother’s identity has been kept secret by the footballer. United’s top scorer is also father to twins Mateo and Eva, four, who were reportedly born via a surrogate in 2017.

Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro led messages of support, posting photos of the bereaved couple with her son Jose.

‘I love you and my heart is with you over there,’ the singer wrote on social media. ‘May God take care of you and strengthen your path more and more.’

She mentioned her and Ronaldo’s father Dinis who died of liver failure, aged 52, in September 2005. ‘Our angel is already on father’s lap,’ she wrote. ‘And our little girl is there firm and strong and full of health and is going to show us with every day that only love matters.’

Manchester United posted a message saying: ‘Your pain is our pain. Sending love and strength to you and your family at this time.’

And Ronaldo’s teammate Marcus Rashford wrote: ‘Thoughts are with you and Georgina, brother. I’m so sorry.’

Dinis passed away aged just 52 after a life of alcoholism. Ronaldo was only 20 when he died.

The Manchester United striker broke down in tears in an emotional interview with Piers Morgan in September 2019 when he was shown an old video of his father. 

Mr Morgan also shared his sympathies with Ronaldo, posting: ‘Heartbreaking news. My deepest condolences to you and all your family.’

Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro replied to the Instagram with a sad-face emoji, while Diogo Dalot replied with a love heart.’ 

His Manchester United team-mates such as David de Gea and Alex Telles also replied with love-heart emojis as the dressing room sent their support to their star player. 

Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid said in a statement: ‘Real Madrid, its president and board of directors are deeply saddened by the passing of one of the children that our dear Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, were expecting.

‘Real Madrid shares in the family’s pain and wishes to send them all of our warmth.’

Manchester City, Liverpool, Leeds and the Premier League were among many others sending the couple messages of condolence on Twitter.

Since meeting in 2016, Miss Rodriguez 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. Alana was born in 2018. Georgina is pictured with Eva, Mateo and Alana, while pregnant with the couple's twins

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. Alana was born in 2018. Georgina is pictured with Eva, Mateo and Alana, while pregnant with the couple’s twins

 

 

Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro (pictured together) released an emotional open letter in which she said 'our little angel is already on daddy's lap,' in reference to the pair's father, Dinis, who passed away in 2005 after a battle with alcoholism

Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro (pictured together) released an emotional open letter in which she said ‘our little angel is already on daddy’s lap,’ in reference to the pair’s father, Dinis, who passed away in 2005 after a battle with alcoholism

Miss Rodriguez shares daughter Alana, three, with Cristiano, and the Manchester United star also has son Cristiano Jr., 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four

Miss Rodriguez shares daughter Alana, three, with Cristiano, and the Manchester United star also has son Cristiano Jr., 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four

Miss Rodriguez 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'

Miss Rodriguez 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’

Miss Rodriguez is pictured with Eva, Mateo and Alana

Miss Rodriguez is pictured with Eva, Mateo and Alana

Miss Rodriguez is seen while pregnant with twins. Ronaldo and Georgina announced the pregnancy in October 2021

Miss Rodriguez is seen while pregnant with twins. Ronaldo and Georgina announced the pregnancy in October 2021

Miss Rodriguez 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

Miss Rodriguez 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

In June 2017, the then-Real Madrid star surprised fans with the news he had welcomed twins Eva and Mateo through a surrogate, and just one month later he and Miss Rodriguez announced they were expecting their first child together.

Marcus Rashford, Usain Bolt and Manchester United offer condolences

Celebrities from the world of football and beyond have sent their condolences to Cristiano Ronaldo.

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…’

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.’

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.’

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.

Asked by Spanish publication El Mundo whether he was ‘happy’ to be expecting again, he said: ‘Yes, very much.’ 

Miss Rodriguez 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!’

Ronaldo and Miss Rodriguez 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.

Miss Rodriguez 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.

‘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 Miss Rodriguez 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.’

Ronaldo is thought to have handed the match ball following the win over Norwich to 17-year-old youngster Alejandro Garnacho who was included in a Premier League matchday squad for the first time, although he stayed on the bench. 

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