It is now official. Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed that he is returning home to see his newborn twins after Portugal failed to reach the Confederations Cup final, losing in a dramatic penalty shootout against Chile yesterday night (June 28).
Ronaldo made the announcement on his official Facebook page, saying that he won’t stay with the team – which will be playing again this weekend for a third place finish – so that he can “finally” be with his children.
“I was at the service of the national team, as always with my body and soul, even knowing that my two children had been born,” CR7 wrote.
“Unfortunately, we have not been able to achieve the main sporting objective we wanted, but I am sure we will continue to give the Portuguese joy,” he added.
The 32-year-old also thanked the Portuguese football federation (FPF) for allowing him to see his children, an attitude that he says “touched” him.
“I am very happy to finally be able to be with my children for the first time.”
The federation also released a statement explaining that “the athlete, despite the birth of his children, made a point of being at the service of the team, a gesture that we must underline and praise”.
SIC TV reported earlier this month that CR7’s twins had been born to a surrogate on the west coast of America on June 8 and were named Eva and Mateo.
The Ronaldo family could get even bigger as it is also reported that his girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez is also expecting a child.
The last 12 months have been very busy for the living legend.
Around a year ago, Ronaldo was a key part of the Portugal team that clinched its first Euro 2016 title, and in December, he earned his fourth Ballon d’Or. Earlier in the month, he scored twice to give Real Madrid their 12th Champions League.