Despite having a memorable time on the pitch after his hattrick against Norwich City at Old Trafford, Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was met with heartbreaking news on the personal front. Late on Monday, he announced the unfortunate death of his newborn son, with model Georgina Rodriguez.

Ronaldo was set to become a father for a sixth time earlier this week, third time with Rodriguez, more than four years after the birth of their daughter Alana Martina in November 2017.

Unfortunately for the couple, their newborn baby boy passed away due to undisclosed sickness. But the silver lining was the birth of the boy’s twin sister, which gives them “the strength to live this moment with hope.”

Other Children

Besides the newborn baby girl and Alana Martina, the former Real Madrid footballer has three other children, all born to anonymous mothers.

He first became a father to a son after Cristiano Jr. was born on 17 June 2010 in the United States. According to a statement, the footballer clarified that he has full custody of the child and would not be publicly revealing the identity of the mother per agreement with her.

Ronaldo then became a father to twins (Eva Maria and Mateo) in June 2017, who were reportedly born to an anonymous surrogate mother. He had confirmed the news in a Facebook post after Portugal’s exit from the Confederation Cup in 2017.

“The athlete, despite the birth of his children, made a point of being in the service of the National Team, in a gesture that we must underline and praise,” the Portuguese FA had said in a statement at the time.

Family with Georgina

“Yes, very,” had he replied when asked if he was excited about the arrival of the next member of his family. He had first confirmed the news about his growing family with girlfriend Rodriguez to Spanish news outlet El Mundo.

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And unlike the case of his elder children, the identity of the mother was made public after the confirmation of his current girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez pregnant with Alana. It was the first time that the fans were enlightened about the identity of any of Ronaldo’s children.

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Breakup and First Pregnancy

After breaking up with former girlfriend and supermodel Irina Shayk in 2015, the Real Madrid man started dating Rodriguez. The duo went public with their relationship in January 2017 as they attended the Best FIFA Football Awards together, with Jr also in company.

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Ahead of the birth of Alana Martina, Ronaldo was on a family vacation in Ibiza. He had been posting a series of pictures from the holiday with his then 23-year-old girlfriend sporting a visible baby bump in one of them.

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The former Juventus man had also shared an adorable picture with the first set of twins in him arms and the mother-to-be lounged beside in 2017, when he had first started building his family with Rodriguez.

Georgina Rodriguez

Ronaldo and Rodríguez had first met at a Gucci store in Madrid. She was working there as a shop assistant at the time.

She had opened up about her relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo in an interview for Italian magazine Grazia, describing how she trembled when she first met the ex-Real Madrid star.

“His height, his body, his beauty caught my attention. I was trembling in front of him, but a spark ignited,” recalled the model.

“I am very shy and perhaps this stirred me more in front of a person who, with one glance, had touched me deeply. Then after, the way Cristiano treats me, cares for me and loves me did the rest.”

The footballer in an interview with ITV in 2018 had revealed how sex with Rodriguez was better than the best goals that he has scored in his sparkling career. “Geo’s the mum of my kids, and I’m so passionate for her, you know. It’s great,” he had added.

Main image: Instagram/Cristiano