Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday that Ronaldo would not play in his team’s crucial meeting with bitter rivals Liverpool.
“Family is more important than everything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time,” a statement on Manchester United’s website said.
“Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family.”
Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez had revealed in a social media post last October that the couple was expecting twins.
They confirmed the birth of a baby daughter at the same time as revealing their son’s death.
“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 and Rodriguez said in a jointly signed statement.
“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. We would like to thank the 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.”
The couple, who met during Ronaldo’s time at Real Madrid, have a four-year-old daughter together, while Ronaldo has three other children.
Cristiano Ronaldo had scored a 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 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
By Garrin Lambley © Agence France-Presse