Cristiano Ronaldo has been photographed for the first time since the tragic death of his newborn son.
The Manchester United forward was given compassionate leave from his club for the time he needed, but opted to head to his Carrington training base on Wednesday and took part in the full session with his team-mates.
He was seen in the back of a minivan on the way to United’s training complex, wearing headphones as he sat behind the driver in the back seat.
Ronaldo was absent in his side’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Tuesday night and there has been an outpouring of support for both him and team-mate Georgina Rodriguez.
A statement from Ronaldo and Rodriguez on Monday confirmed their baby’s death as “the greatest pain” but said their baby survived.
“It is with our deepest sadness that we have to announce that our baby has passed away. It is the greatest pain any parent can feel,” the ad read.
‘Only the birth of our 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 by this loss and kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time. Our baby, you are our angel. We will always love you.’
Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Carrington in the back of a minivan on Wednesday and had headphones on.
The Manchester United striker was photographed for the first time since announcing the tragic death of his baby.
The Manchester United star announced in October 2021 that he was expecting twins with his partner Georgina Rodríguez
A statement from the couple confirmed their baby’s death as “the greatest pain” but said their baby survived.
United have a big game against Arsenal on Saturday and it looks like their talismanic striker will be available for their selection.
In his absence for the loss to rivals Liverpool on Tuesday, there was applause and a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone from home fans as a gesture of support for him and his bereaved family.
In unison, both groups of supporters rose to their feet at minute seven, Ronaldo’s number, to applaud in what was an impeccably watched moment.
That tribute was just one of many that have come in since the announcement, with fans, players and pundits sending their condolences.
United, Ronaldo’s current club and the team where he cemented his status as a Premier League legend, posted on Instagram: “Your pain is our pain.” Sending love and strength to you and your family at this time.”
Ronaldo is understood to have participated in the full training session with his team-mates at Carrington.
Georgina shares three-year-old daughter Alana with Cristiano, and the Manchester United star also has a son, Cristiano Jr, 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four.
Ronaldo could play Arsenal on Saturday despite being told he can be on compassionate leave for as long as he wants.
Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro, posted an emotional open letter saying “our little angel is already in daddy’s lap,” referring to the couple’s father, Denis, who died in 2005 after a battle with alcoholism. .
“I love you and my heart goes out to you there,” Aveiro’s letter read.
May God take care of you and strengthen your path more and more.
‘Our angel is already in daddy’s lap. And our little daughter is firm and strong and full of health and she is going to show us every day that only love matters.’
Other teammates, including David de Gea, Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles, responded to the news with love heart emojis. First-team coach Mike Phelan wrote: “Thoughts are with you and your family.”
Georgina appears alongside Cristiano Jr, clutching her father’s shirt after his return to Manchester in 2021 was announced.
The Premier League responded to Ronaldo’s statements with its own message, as did the clubs Newcastle, Tottenham, Leeds and Liverpool.
Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish wrote: “We send our deepest condolences to you and your family for your unimaginable loss.”
Ronaldo has pushed the boundaries of professionalism and has been recognized for his dedication and, at the same time, for being a family man. Rodriguez shares his three-year-old daughter Alana with him, and the Manchester United star also has a son, Cristiano Jr., 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four.
Since they met in 2016, their partner has followed five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo from Madrid to Turin and then to Manchester, when he left Real Madrid for Juventus and United.
Ronaldo’s eldest son, Cristiano Jr, was born in the United States in 2010, but was 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 shocked fans with the news that he had welcomed twins Eva and Mateo via surrogate, and just a month later he and Rodriguez announced that they were expecting their first child together.
Rodriguez then gave birth to daughter Alana on November 12, 2017. In the past, Ronaldo has stated that he wants to bring his child count to seven, coinciding with his notorious jersey number and lifestyle brand CR7.
Georgina and the soccer player Cristiano met when she worked as a shop assistant in Madrid