Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has posted a message thanking Liverpool fans for their show of support in Tuesday’s Premier League fixtures between the teams, which he missed due to the death of his newborn son.
Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, had announced in October they were expecting twins.
But on Monday, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner revealed that one of the two babies had died.
Ronaldo was given a standing ovation by fans in the seventh minute of the match at Anfield, with Liverpool fans singing: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” while their United counterparts applauded.
“One world… One sport… One global family… Thanks, Anfield. Me and my family will never forget this moment of respect and compassion,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram on Thursday.
Both sets of players walked onto the pitch wearing black armbands, and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp later described the show of support from fans as the “moment of the game.”
United went on to lose 4-0 and sit sixth in the table with 54 points from 33 games.