Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked the Anfield crowd for their show of compassion following the death of his newborn son.
A fan-led minute’s applause was held during Tuesday’s Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester United, which Ronaldo missed following his son’s death.
“Me and my family will never forget this moment of respect and compassion.”
Ronaldo wrote on Instagram: “One world… One sport… One global family… Thanks, Anfield.
Ronaldo added three hands-praying emojis alongside a video of the Anfield crowd applauding in the seventh minute – the Portuguese star’s number.
The 37-year-old, who has four older children, announced last October that he and his partner Georgina Rodriguez were expecting twins. Their baby girl survived.
A statement from Ronaldo and Rodriguez on Monday said the death of their baby boy was “the greatest pain that any parents can feel”.
“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness,” the statement added.
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United appointed Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag as their new manager on Thursday morning and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admitted he thought they made the right choice.
Writing in his Sky Sports column, the ex-Liverpool man said: “I think he is, he’s the guy I’d have gone for. I know it was a toss-up between him and Mauricio Pochettino, I just feel the job he’s done at Ajax, and Pochettino, who I’m a huge fan of, has gone to PSG and it hasn’t quite worked out.
“At Tottenham, I absolutely loved them but they couldn’t get over the line in terms of getting a trophy.
“If it was Pochettino, I don’t think there’s too much difference in who they’ve gone for. People may say Pochettino because of the experience of the Premier League but the football Ajax have played in these last few years, I don’t think anyone would have been a bad choice out of those two.
“I’m excited to see him in the league. The two Ajax teams he’s built have been really exciting to watch and really lit up the Champions League.
“Is the appointment an admission from Man Utd it will take time to get back to the top? I doubt Manchester United are automatically writing off next season or the year after.
“They’re Man Utd, I’m sure they’ll spend big in the summer. You think of the players they’ve brought in this summer: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane. They weren’t buying these players to compete in the top four, they were going for the title.”
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