Rivalries between Liverpool and Manchester United fans were set aside on Tuesday night as Anfield hosted a heartfelt display of solidarity for “CR7” Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the seventh minute of the Premier League encounter between the long-time rivals, a minute’s applause was held in honor of United star Ronaldo, who had lost his newborn baby.
Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez received heartfelt sentiments after the pair revealed the untimely death of their newborn child on Monday. Fans from both sides stood together for a minute of applause in honor of the Portuguese icon’s jersey number.
Fans, teammates, and many social media users have sent their sympathies to the 37-year-old. Liverpool fans have expressed a desire to make their own gesture ahead of tonight’s match against Manchester United at Anfield.
“While United and Liverpool share English football’s greatest rivalry, there is deep-rooted respect held between the two clubs, which will be highlighted by the minute’s applause, which was initially suggested by fans of the Merseyside team. ” there was a statement from the United.
“Ralf Rangnick’s United squad led a request to wear black armbands at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side has reciprocated that.”
The couple said in a statement, “It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away; it is the greatest pain that any parent 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.”
Teammates like Diogo Dalot, David de Gea, and Alex Telles responded with love-heart emojis to support their star player.