Hours after his semi-final defeat with Portugal in the Confederations Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo announced he was now the father of twins.
Portuguese media had been reporting for days that the footballer’s twins had been born to a surrogate mother in the US.
But Ronaldo only confirmed the news after the Portuguese national team had knocked out on penalties by Chile in Russia.
“I was in the service of the national team, as always, body and soul, even though my two children were born,” Ronaldo wrote on Facebook.
“Unfortunately, we have not been able to achieve the main sporting objective that we wanted, but I am sure we will continue to give joy to the Portuguese people.
“I’m very happy to finally be with my children for the first time.”
Ronaldo already has another son from a previous relationship, seven-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo junior.
Little is known regarding the circumstances of the twins’ birth, though reports in Portugal suggest they were born some time before the start of the Confederations Cup, and that they are a boy and a girl named Eva and Mateo.
Ronaldo’s mother was also reported to have flown to the US shortly after their birth on June 8.
The Portugal national team commended Ronaldo for his decision to represent his country in Russia despite the new arrivals.
“The President of the FPF and the National Team were informed before the Confederations Cup by the National Team captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, that he had been a father,” read a statement.
“The athlete, despite the birth of his children, made a point of being in the service of the National Team, in a gesture that we must underline and praise.
“The President of the FPF and the National Selector understand that if it is impossible to reach the goal of winning the Confederations Cup, they must release the athlete so that he can finally get to know his children.”