Liverpool fans plan to hold a minute's applause to pay tribute to Man United star Cristiano Ronaldo

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Liverpool fans are planning to hold a minute’s applause for Cristiano Ronaldo after the Manchester United star and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, tragically lost their newborn son.

The couple announced that their baby boy had passed away soon after Rodriguez gave birth to twins, as their daughter thankfully survived.

Fans, team-mates and many others have taken to social media to send their condolences to the Portuguese international and now even rivals Liverpool are keen to offer a gesture of their own as United travel to Anfield this evening.

Liverpool fans are planning to hold a minute's applause for Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo after the tragic loss of his baby boy at Anfield

Liverpool fans are planning to hold a minute’s applause for Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo after the tragic loss of his baby boy at Anfield

Liverpool are keen to offer a gesture of their own as United travel to Anfield this evening

Liverpool are keen to offer a gesture of their own as United travel to Anfield this evening

It has been confirmed by United that forward Ronaldo will not feature in the Premier League clash following his heartbreaking news.

Nevertheless, Reds fans have rallied together as they plan to hold a minute’s applause in the seventh minute of the match. 

A post from a Liverpool fan Facebook page read: ‘If you are lucky enough to be attending the game tomorrow evening, then please show a mark of respect to Cristiano Ronaldo and his family by taking part in the round of applause which will be held on the seventh minute. 

‘Rivalries should be set aside in heartbreaking circumstances such as these. You’ll Never Walk Alone, CR7 Jr.’  

A post from a Liverpool fan page has said they will hold the applause in the seventh minute

A post from a Liverpool fan page has said they will hold the applause in the seventh minute

Fans flocked to social media to show their support in the fans’ decision to pay tribute to Ronaldo.

One said: ‘Great gesture! Show the man some love whilst he is going through a horrid time. Can’t imagine the pain he must be going through. We’re humans first, football fans second. 

A second agreed, by saying: ‘This is a really nice gesture and this is what football is about! Rivalries aside, let’s show our class by doing this.

A third added: ‘Yep, regardless of our loyalty to our club and personal feelings to CR, no one deserves that pain. Hope this gets spread far n wide b4 match tonight and it happens, small gesture in the bigger picture but nonetheless a good thing to do.’ 

Fans took to social media to show their support in the fans' decision to pay tribute to Ronaldo

Fans took to social media to show their support in the fans’ decision to pay tribute to Ronaldo

One fan urged Reds fans to show their class by putting their rivalry with United aside

One fan urged Reds fans to show their class by putting their rivalry with United aside

One supporter was keen for people to share the news far and wide to show their support

One supporter was keen for people to share the news far and wide to show their support

Another fan quite simply told fans who are attending Anfield to join in with the applause

Another fan quite simply told fans who are attending Anfield to join in with the applause

Another simply added: ‘If you are attending like myself please applause on the 7th minute to show respect to Cristiano Ronaldo and his family through this heartbreaking time.

One supporter questioned whether they should sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in the seventh minute for Ronaldo, by posting: ‘That would be great. Would a ynwa at 7 mins be wrong?’ 

A Red Devils responded, by saying: ‘Fair play to Liverpool fans for this. At the end of the day what’s happened to Ronaldo is absolutely tragic and transcends football. 

‘The loss of a child is a catastrophic thing and I can only imagine even harder when you’re the most known athlete on the planet.

‘Again much respect for the Liverpool fans doing this as the rivalry is huge and can lead to some nasty moments, but this is a really amazing gesture.’

A Manchester United fan responded to the Liverpool posts by thanking them for the gesture

A Manchester United fan responded to the Liverpool posts by thanking them for the gesture

The United star, 37, announced in October 2021 that he was expecting twins with his partner Georgina Rodriguez, 28.

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

‘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.

The Manchester United star announced in October 2021 that he was expecting twins with his partner Georgina Rodriguez

The Manchester United star announced in October 2021 that he was expecting twins with his partner Georgina Rodriguez 

Cristiano Ronaldo's newborn son has died, according to an announcement posted on the footballer's Instagram account today

Cristiano Ronaldo’s newborn son has died, according to an announcement posted on the footballer’s Instagram account today

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

‘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.’ 

The statement of 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.’   

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