Manchester United, Real Madrid and others have condoled with Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner over the death of their newborn son.
The son died while his twin sister was safely delivered.
Ronaldo had announced the ad news yesterday, saying the birth of the baby girl has given them strength.
“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.”
Top football clubs in Europe reacted to the news by assuring the 37-year-old footballer that all will be well with his family.
“Your pain is our pain, Cristiano,” Manchester United tweeted. “Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.”
Real Madrid said that the club and its officials “deeply regret the death of one of the children that our beloved Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, were expecting”.
“Real Madrid joins the grief of the whole family and wants to show them all our love and affection,” the Spanish giants said.
Rival clubs, among them Leeds United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, also reacted to the news.
“All of us here at Liverpool FC send our deepest condolences to you, Georgina and the family,” Liverpool tweeted.