Cristiano Ronaldo has described losing his baby son during child birth as the ‘worst moment of his life.’
Ronaldo and partner Georgina Rodriguez announced in April that they had lost their baby son, although his twin sister had survived and was bringing them “hope and happiness.”
The Manchester United star has opened up about the loss for the first time in an interview with TalkTV, and he says it is something he will never understand.
“It was probably the worst moment that I have passed through in my life, since my father died,” he said.
“When you have a kid you expect that everything will be normal and [then] you have that problem. We have difficult moments because we don’t understand why it happened to us.
“It was difficult, to be honest, very very difficult to understand what’s going on in that period of our life.
“As you know, the football carries on. There are many competitions, the football doesn’t stop. So many competitions. Passing through that moment was the most difficult I’ve ever had in my life. For me and my family, especially Geo, it was tough.
Ronaldo had the added challenge of attempting to balance his emotions between sadness for the loss of his son and joy and the birth of his daughter.
“I try to explain sometimes to my family and even my close friends: I had never felt happy and sad in the same moment,” he said.
“It’s hard to explain. You don’t know if you cry or if you smile, because it’s something that you don’t know how to react to – you don’t know what to do.”
In other parts of the interview, Ronaldo directed criticism at the Glazer family’s ownership of Man Utd, as well as former teammate Gary Neville.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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