Cristiano Ronaldo has been pictured for the first time since the tragic death of his newborn son.
The Manchester United striker was given compassionate leave by his club for as long as he needed but opted to head into their Carrington training base on Wednesday and took part in the full session with team-mates.
He was seen in the back of a people carrier on the way into United’s training complex, with earphones in while he sat behind the driver on the back seat.
Ronaldo was absent for his side’s 4-0 defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday night and there has been a massive outpouring of support for both him and his partner Georgina Rodriguez.
A statement from Ronaldo and Rodriguez on Monday 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.
‘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.’
Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Carrington in the back of a people carrier on Wednesday and had earphones in
The Manchester United striker was pictured 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 Rodriguez
A statement from the couple confirmed the death of their baby boy as ‘the greatest pain’, but said their baby girl survived
United have a big game against Arsenal on Saturday and it seems as though their talismanic forward will be available for selection.
In his absence for the defeat by rivals Liverpool on Tuesday, there was applause and a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone from the home fans as a gesture of support for him and his grieving family.
In unison, both sets of supporters stood up on the seventh minute, Ronaldo’s number, to applaud in what was an immaculately observed moment.
That tribute was just one of many that have flooded 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 the family at this time.’
Ronaldo is understood to have taken part in the full training session with his team-mates at Carrington
Georgina shares daughter Alana, three, with Cristiano, and the Manchester United star also has son Cristiano Jr., 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four
Ronaldo could play against Arsenal on Saturday despite being told he can be on compassionate leave as long as he likes
Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro 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, Denis, who passed away in 2005 after a battle with alcoholism.
‘I love you and my heart is with you over there,’ Aveiro’s letter read.
‘May God take care of you and strengthen your path more and more.
‘Our angel is already on daddy’s lap. 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.’
Other team-mates, including David de Gea, Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles all responded to the news with love heart emojis. First team coach Mike Phelan wrote: ‘Thoughts are with you and your family.’
Georgina is pictured alongside Cristiano Jr., clutching his father’s shirt after his return to Manchester was announced in 2021
The Premier League responded to Ronaldo’s statement with their own message, as did clubs Newcastle, Tottenham, Leeds and Liverpool.
Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish wrote: ‘Sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family for your unimaginable loss.’
Ronaldo has pushed the boundaries of professionalism and been renowned for his dedication while also being a family man. Rodriguez shares daughter Alana, three, with him and the Manchester United star also has son Cristiano Jr., 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four.
Since meeting in 2016, his partner 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 Rodriguez announced they were expecting their first child together.
Rodriguez then gave birth to their daughter Alana on November 12, 2017. 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.
Georgina and footballer Cristiano famously met while she was working as a retail assistant in Madrid