Cristiano Ronaldo Receives a Full Minute of Applause from Fans as He Mourns the Death of His Newborn Son

The Manchester United star missed Tuesday's game against Liverpool F.C. just one day after he and his girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez announced they'd lost one of their infant twins

Cristiano Ronaldo is taking time away from his career on the field to mourn the recent loss of his newborn son.

Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday that their star player, 37, would miss the team's game against Liverpool that evening at Anfield stadium in Merseyside, England.

The club also confirmed on Tuesday that "a fan-led minute's applause [would] be held in the seventh minute of the game in a tribute to the Portuguese striker and his partner Georgina."

And in the seventh minute of the game, in honor of Ronaldo's Jersey number, fans of both Manchester United and their competitor Liverpool F.C. took 60 seconds to pay tribute to the mourning father, with Liverpool fans singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Carousel, which has become an anthem for the squad.

On Monday, Ronaldo shared a heartbreaking Instagram post revealing that he and his longtime girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez lost one of their newborn twins.

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"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," Ronaldo wrote. "Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness."

Ronaldo continued by thanking their 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," he concluded the post, signed by him and Rodríguez.

In the wake of the tragedy, soccer clubs and players sent heartfelt condolences to the couple.

"Your pain is our pain. Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time," Ronaldo's team, Manchester United, commented below his heartbreaking Instagram post.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Georgina and the whole family during this time," echoed Juventus, whom the forward played for from 2018 to 2021.

Real Madrid, where Ronaldo spent nearly a decade from 2009 to 2018, issued a statement sharing their support during this difficult time, saying that the Spanish club "joins the pain of the whole family and wants to show them all our love and affection."

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Ahead of Tuesday's game, Manchester United's manager Ralf Rangnick said in a pitchside interview shared on the team's official site: "It once again showed that there are more important things in life than [soccer]."

He continued, "The whole team, the whole club is with him. It's clear that he has to be where he is now with his family."

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