‘Rivalry must be put aside’: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson sends an elegant message to Cristiano Ronaldo following the tragic death of his young son… as he describes Anfield’s seven-minute applause for the Manchester United striker as a ‘beautiful gesture’
- Cristiano Ronaldo announced on Monday the tragic death of his newborn son
- The club have therefore granted the Man Utd star compassionate leave.
- Liverpool fans applauded Ronaldo for a minute at Anfield on Tuesday
- Reds goalkeeper Alisson has paid his respects to the Portuguese and his family.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has wished Cristiano Ronaldo “peace of mind for him and his whole family” following the tragic death of his son this week.
Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodríguez confirmed their newborn son had died in a devastating statement on Monday, describing it as “the greatest pain any parent can feel”.
“It is with our deepest sadness that we have to announce that our baby has passed away,” the announcement read. “It is the greatest pain that any parent can feel.
‘Only the birth of our girl gives us 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.
Liverpool’s Alisson has wished Cristiano Ronaldo “peace of mind for him and his whole family”
“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.’
After being granted compassionate leave by United, Ronaldo was absent in the 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Tuesday night, but the home crowd paid tribute to their rival’s grieving number 7 with a minute of applause at the seventh minute of the game.
It was a moving moment at Anfield, with Alisson describing it as a “beautiful gesture” from the Reds fans as he sent his own elegant message to Ronaldo.
‘This beautiful gesture from our fans shows that, at this time, rivalry must be put aside,’ said the Brazilian goalkeeper, according to balloons.
Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodríguez announced on Monday the tragic death of their newborn son
Liverpool fans applauded the Manchester United star in the seventh minute during their 4-0 win at Anfield on Tuesday.
Alisson insisted the “beautiful gesture” showed that “the rivalry must be put aside” between the two clubs for such a heartbreaking moment in Ronaldo’s personal life.
“I deeply regret what happened to Cristiano Ronaldo’s family and I know that the pain that he, his wife and all the loved ones around him are suffering is very great.
‘Any gesture of affection, like this, helps at this time. From the bottom of my heart, I wish a lot of peace of mind for him and all of his family.”
Ronaldo’s family welcomed the show of support from Liverpool fans, who also produced an emotional rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ during the minute’s applause.
The United striker’s sister, Elma, showed her appreciation by posting images of the gesture on social media, writing: ‘Thank you for this Liverpool. We will never forget what you did today.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also paid his respects to Ronaldo in his post-match press conference, saying after his team’s four-goal victory: “My moment of the match was the seventh minute when the whole stadium showed pure class, many things are many”. more important in life than football. We feel sorry for Cristiano and his family.”