Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in Manchester United FC’s Premier League clash with Liverpool FC at Anfield, yesterday following the death of his new-born son.
The forward announced the tragic news on social media on Monday, prompting a huge number of messages of support from across the footballing world and beyond.
United confirmed Ronaldo’s absence on their official website, saying: “Family is more important than everything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time.
“As such, we confirmed that he did not feature in the match against Liverpool at Anfield, yesterday evening and we underline the family’s request for privacy.
“Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family.”