MANCHESTER UNITED and Liverpool fans have shown their support for Cristiano Ronaldo with a minute’s applause after the tragic death of his baby son.
The Portugal legend, 37, and partner Georgina Rodriguez shared their heartbreak on Monday night after their newborn son passed away.
Liverpool fans sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in the seventh minute in a touching message to Cristiano RonaldoCredit: Reuters
Man Utd fans also sent their support to the Portuguese strikerCredit: SKY SPORTS
But the two fierce rivals united early on in the game on Merseyside to pay their respects to Ronaldo and his family.
As the clock ticked over to seven minutes – a nod to Ronaldo’s shirt number – both sets of fans began to clap.
The round of applause rang around Anfield for a full minute.
Liverpool fans also sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in a touching message to the Man Utd No 7 and his family.
Both sets of players had also worn black armbands for the match to show their respect.
Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick said before the game: “Once again it shows that there are more important things in life than football.
“The whole team and club is with him. For me, it was clear he has to be where he is right now with his family.”
Earlier in the day, United had confirmed they and Liverpool had already been in discussion about the tribute.
A United statement confirmed: “Fans of Manchester United and Liverpool will unite in support of Cristiano Ronaldo and his family at tonight’s match between the two teams at Anfield.
“Messages of support from across the football world are continually flooding in on social media and everybody’s thoughts are with the Ronaldo family right now.
“It was confirmed earlier that Cristiano will miss the game to be with his loved ones.
“While United and Liverpool share English football’s greatest rivalry, there is a deep-rooted respect held between the two clubs and that will be highlighted by the minute’s applause, which was initially suggested by fans of the Merseyside team.
“Ralf Rangnick’s United squad led a request to wear black armbands at Anfield and that has been reciprocated by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.”
Ronaldo took to social media to share his family’s heartbreaking news on Monday evening.
Liverpool supporters sent a touching tribute to Cristiano RonaldoCredit: PA
Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez shared their heartbreak on Monday night after their newborn son passed away.Credit: AFP
The United forward wrote: “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.
“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.
“Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you.”