LIVERPOOL fans plan to applause Cristiano Ronaldo and his family tonight after the Manchester United star lost his newborn son.
Liverpool fans will hold a minute’s applause against Man Utd after Cristiano Ronaldo lost his newborn sonCredit: AP
And Liverpool fans plan on paying a touching tribute to the star man of their fiercest rival.
A Liverpool fan account on Facebook proposed the idea of holding a minute’s applause for Ronaldo and his family during the game.
They asked for fellow supporters to clap during the seventh minute – in tribute to Ronaldo’s no7 jersey.
The post read: “If you are lucky enough to be attending the game, please show a mark of respect to Ronaldo and his family by taking part in the round of applause which will be held in the seventh minute.
“Rivalries should be set aside in heartbreaking circumstances such as these. You’ll Never Walk Alone, CR7 Jr.”
The idea received an overwhelming response from other Liverpool fans, with one saying: “’Great gesture! Show the man some love whilst he is going through a horrid time.
“Can’t imagine the pain he must be going through. We’re humans first, football fans second.”
Another wrote: “This is a really nice gesture and this is what football is about! Rivalries aside, let’s show our class by doing this.”
One added: “Regardless of our loyalty to our club and personal feelings to CR, no one deserves that pain.
“Hope this gets spread far and wide before the match tonight and it happens, small gesture in the bigger picture but nonetheless a good thing to do.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldo was not present as his United teammates arrived at Carrington on Tuesday morning.
Red Devils fans paid tribute to Ronnie and his family outside Old Trafford by laying flowers and scarves.
And United released a statement revealing Ronaldo has been given compassionate leave, meaning he will not feature in tonight’s match.
It read: “Family is more important than everything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time.
“As such, we can confirm that he will not feature in the match against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday evening and we underline the family’s request for privacy.
“Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family.”