Cristiano Ronaldo announces death of newborn son; 'We are devastated by this loss and request privacy'

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday took to social media to announce that one of his newborn twins has passed away

The football star, who was expecting twins with partner Georgina Rodriguez

revealed that she gave birth to a girl, while their son died.

Ronaldo, 37, has also requested privacy during the "difficult" period. He had shared last year in October that he and Georgina were expecting twins.

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.

The couple, who met during Ronaldo's time at Real Madrid, have a four-year old daughter together, while Ronaldo has three other children.

"Your pain is our pain, Cristiano," Manchester United tweeted. "Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time."