Liverpool fans are reportedly planning an action to express their condolences for Cristiano Ronaldo for Tuesday night’s Premier League game against Manchester United. The Red Devils superstar revealed on Monday that he and his wife Georgina Rodriguez lost their son at birth.
There have been numerous requests from Liverpool fans on Twitter to applaud in the seventh minute of the game. As a reminder, the number seven is part of the Portuguese’s ‘CR7’ trademark, as he wore that shirt number throughout his career. Given the historic rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United, it would be a strong sign of Reds support.
“Life is much more important than a football rivalry,” it said in a tweet. Another user asked to spread the fans’ concerns via Twitter before the game, because: “Tragedy knows no colors.”
Ronaldo himself will not appear at Anfield on Tuesday evening in view of the stroke of fate. United confirmed on Tuesday. “Family is more important than anything and Ronaldo will support his loved ones during these difficult times. We can confirm that he will not be playing tonight and we ask again that privacy be respected. Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending you and your family all our strength!”
“It is the greatest pain a parent can feel. Only the birth of our daughter gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness,” said the 37-year-old on Monday and also asked for his privacy respect. His partner Georgina had been pregnant with twins since October. The daughter was born healthy.
There have already been numerous expressions of condolence under his Instagram post. Sporting Lisbon, where Ronaldo started his career, has already said: “Strengthen, Cristiano. Your Sporting family is with you.” His current club Manchester United also wrote: “Your pain is our pain. We send you love and strength for you and your family at this time.”