Liverpool fans provided an emotional moment on Tuesday night when they gave a standing ovation seven minutes into the Reds’ game against arch-rivals Manchester United to express their condolences for the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo. But a commentator legend on television caused additional goosebumps.
Ronaldo announced via Instagram on Monday that his son did not survive the birth of his twins. As a result, the Portuguese superstar did not play at Anfield on Tuesday when the Red Devils lost 4-0 in Liverpool.
“Only the birth of our daughter gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness,” wrote the 37-year-old. He subsequently received numerous expressions of condolence from former and current associates, as well as from the clubs he played for during his career.
Liverpool fans also took part in the condolences and called via Twitter to stand up and applaud Ronaldo and his family in the seventh minute – a reference to Ronaldo’s trademark and shirt number – despite the historic rivalry between the Reds and the Red Devils.
This happened on Tuesday night and all the fans at Anfield rose and applauded. The moment was made even more special by the report by the English commentator legend Peter Drury (here is the video).
Full text of his speech:
“Don’t underestimate the relevance of what you’re hearing. This is humanity at its best. You’re hearing a Liverpool fanbase stopping and applauding a Manchester United superstar. That’s the way sport should be. For every parent “The thought of losing your child is unbearable. It happened to Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner. It’s horrible but Anfield feels for them.”
Ronaldo sister thanks Liverpool fans
The seventh minute of the unequivocal game did not leave the protagonists untouched. “The whole stadium showed class,” said Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp.
Ronaldo’s sister Elma Aveiro spoke up on Wednesday and thanked all Reds supporters. “Thank you Liverpool! We will never forget what you did today.