9:14 AM PT — Ronaldo won’t be at Tuesday’s Man U vs. Liverpool game … but the two teams and their fans will pay tribute to him during the contest as he continues to mourn the death of his son.
Both squads will reportedly wear black bands around their arms … while supporters in the arena are being encouraged to lead a round of applause during the game’s seventh minute — a hat tip to Ronaldo’s #7 jersey number.
The contest is slated to kickoff at 12 PM PT.
Cristiano Ronaldo will not play in Manchester United’s game against Liverpool on Tuesday … his soccer club just announced the star is sitting out while he mourns the tragic death of his newborn son.
Man U officially ruled Ronaldo out early Tuesday morning … saying in a statement, “Family is more important than everything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time.”
Manchester United is set to kick off its game in Anfield at 12 PM.
As we reported, Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, announced Monday their baby son passed away. In a statement, they said “it is the greatest pain that any parents can feel.”
Ronaldo and Rodriguez — who announced back in December they were expecting a twin boy and a twin girl — added that the birth of their daughter “gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.”
Fans, teammates, celebs and more have poured out support for the soccer player and Rodriguez since the announcement.
It’s unknown when Ronaldo will return to the pitch next … but it’s clear his team is going to give him all the time he needs.
“Cristiano,” Man U said in its statement Tuesday, “we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family.”