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Cristiano Ronaldo announces death of baby boy: "It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel"

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodríguez, who were expecting twins, said Monday that their baby boy has died. His team, Manchester United said following the announcement that Ronaldo would not play against Liverpool on Tuesday as he and his family grieved the death. 

"It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away," Ronaldo and Rodríguez said in a joint statement. "It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel." 

It is not clear how the child died. The Manchester United striker and Rodríguez, a model, said their baby daughter survived. 

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

The couple thanked medical staff for their care and support, adding that they're "devastated" and need privacy at this "very difficult time."

"Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you," they said. 

Scores of fans, teammates and others sent their heartfelt wishes to Ronaldo and his family. Manchester United said he wouldn't play against Liverpool in Anfield and reiterated the family's request for privacy. 

"Family is more important than everything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time," Manchester United said in a statement.  

"Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family," the team added. 

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