Daddy’s home: Ron­aldo leaves to meet new­born twins

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - XIN­HUA

KAZAN, Rus­sia — Por­tu­gal’s su­per­star cap­tain Cris­tiano Ron­aldo re­vealed on Thurs­day he will not play in the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup third-place match on Sun­day in or­der to fi­nally meet his new­born twins.

Hours after Wed­nes­day’s 3-0 semi­fi­nal loss to Chile in a penalty shootout in Kazan, Ron­aldo said he had been given per­mis­sion to miss the play­off against Mex­ico in Moscow, and jet­ted off to meet his new ar­rivals.

On Thurs­day, Ron­aldo posted a pic­ture on both In­sta­gram and Face­book of him with a baby on each arm.

“So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life,” he wrote.

Ron­aldo, 32, is be­lieved to have fa­thered the twins with a sur­ro­gate mother in the United States.

He al­ready has a sev­enyear-old son, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo Jr, who was also birthed by a sur­ro­gate mother.

Ac­cord­ing to the Por­tuguese press, the twins, Ma­teo and Eva, were born on June 8 and their mother, who lives in Cal­i­for­nia, re­ceived 200,000 Real leg­end thinks Cris­tiano will stay eu­ros ($228,610).

The four-time Bal­lon d’Or win­ner usu­ally goes to great lengths to guard his pri­vacy, but re­vealed he has be­come a fa­ther for the sec­ond time.

The Real Madrid for­ward says he gave his “body and soul” for his coun­try in the semi­fi­nal, which fin­ished score­less after ex­tra time, “even though my two chil­dren were born”.

“The pres­i­dent of the Por­tuguese Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion and the na­tional coach have an at­ti­tude that has touched me and I will not for­get,” Ron­aldo wrote on his of­fi­cial Face­book page.

“I’m very happy to fi­nally be with my chil­dren for the first time.”

At the same time, the Por­tuguese Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion said in a state­ment that Ron­aldo had been ex­cused from play­ing the third-place play­off .

FPF pres­i­dent Fer­nando Gomes and Por­tu­gal’s head coach Fer­nando San­tos de­cided to “free the player so that he can fi­nally get to know his chil­dren”.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports in Por­tu­gal, Ron­aldo could be set to ex­pand his brood fur­ther in the com­ing months as his Span­ish girl­friend, Ge­orgina Ro­driguez, 22, is re­port­edly preg­nant.

As well as meet­ing his new­born ba­bies, Ron­aldo faces an un­cer­tain fu­ture hav­ing threat­ened to leave Spain as he faces al­le­ga­tions of tax eva­sion, to­tal­ing around $16 mil­lion, in a court in Madrid next month.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo is un­likely to leave Real Madrid this sum­mer de­spite re­ports he is ready to end his eight-year af­fil­i­a­tion with the Span­ish gi­ant, ac­cord­ing to for­mer Brazil and Real Madrid great Ron­aldo Nazario.

Me­dia re­ports in Spain have linked him with Paris Sain­tGer­main and his for­mer club, Manch­ester United.

But Ron­aldo Nazario, who scored 83 goals in 127 ap­pear­ances for Real Madrid, said he doubted the younger Ron­aldo would leave the club.

“I’m al­most cer­tain that he will stay at Real Madrid,” the two-time World Cup win­ner was quoted as say­ing by Brazil­ian por­tal Gazeta Es­portiva. “A player who scores 50 goals a year is a huge as­set that no club would give up.”

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scored 42 goals in 46 matches across all com­pe­ti­tions for Real Madrid last sea­son, lead­ing the club to the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League and Span­ish La Liga ti­tles.

The for­mer Barcelona, In­ter Mi­lan, Real Madrid and AC Mi­lan striker added: “Even if he is up­set, there is no club in the world that will treat him bet­ter than Real Madrid does.”

CARL RECINE / REUTERS

Por­tu­gal’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo re­acts after Wed­nes­day’s loss to Chile in their Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup semi­fi­nal.

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