By Emmanuel Adeleke
Manchester United striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, will miss his team’s premier league clash against Liverpool on Tuesday, as the Portugal star mourns the death of his newborn son.
Ronaldo announced the news of his son’s death on his social media pages on Monday, sparking an outpouring of support for the striker and his family from across the football world.
The club, in a statement on Tuesday said that Ronaldo would not play in his team’s crucial meeting with bitter rivals Liverpool.
“Family is more important than everything and Cristiano Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time.
“As such, we can confirm that he will not feature in the match against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday evening and we underline the family’s request for privacy.
“Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family, ” a club statement said.
Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, had in a social media post in October 2021, revealed that they were expecting twins.
The couple, who met during Ronaldo’s time at Real Madrid, have a four-year-old daughter together, while Ronaldo has three other children.
Ronaldo scored a memorable hat-trick in United’s 3-2 win against Norwich at Old Trafford on Saturday.
His absence will be a major blow to fifth-placed Manchester United as they seek to improve their top four prospects against Liverpool, who can go above Manchester City to the top of the table if they avoid defeat.