Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez had been pregnant with twins but sadly lost their son during childbirth, while their daughter was delivered safely
Jurgen Klopp has sent a poignant message to Cristiano Ronaldo following the tragic death of the Manchester United star’s baby son.
The Portuguese forward was absent for United’s trip to Anfield on Tuesday as he continues to grieve following the heartbreaking announcement on Monday night. Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez had been pregnant with twins but sadly lost their son during childbirth, while their daughter was delivered safely.
Man United and Liverpool fans came together in the seventh minute of the match to pay tribute to Ronaldo. Reds supporters could be heard singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ during the moment’s applause.
Responding to the gesture and sending a message to Ronaldo, Klopp told Sky Sports: “It was a real show of class and of course, all our thoughts from the moment we heard about it were for Cristiano and his family and I can’t even imagine how it must be. We really feel for him.”
He added: “My moment of the game was the seventh minute when the whole stadium showed pure class, so many things are much more important in life than football. We feel for Cristiano and his family. That was my moment of the game.”
Rangnick was also asked for his thoughts on the tribute, and told the press: “The atmosphere is great, they love their team and [the fact] they joined in after seven minutes shows they respect that football is more than just supporting one team.”
Ronaldo announced the tragic news on the even of the derby in a post on social media. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner wrote: “It is with our deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our baby boy. It’s the greatest pain any parent 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.”