Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Portugal Confederations Cup squad to meet newborn twins for first time
By Daldeep Kaur
Last Updated: 29/06/17 9:24pm
Cristiano Ronaldo has left the Confederations Cup in Russia following the birth of his twins.
The 32-year-old will not play in Portugal's third-place play-off against Germany or Mexico on Sunday.
Ronaldo has become a father for a second time and his twins are believed to have been born to a surrogate mother.
On Thursday, the Real Madrid forward posted a picture on both Instagram and Facebook of him with a baby on each arm.
"So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life," he wrote.
Ronaldo had earlier posted a message on Facebook following Portugal's semi-final defeat to Chile in the Confederations Cup.
He said: "I was in the service of the National Team, as it always happens, body and soul, even though I knew my two sons were born.
"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.
"The President of the Portuguese Football Federation and the National Selector had an attitude today that sensitised me and I will not forget.
"I am very happy to finally be able to be with my children for the first time."
The Portugal captain had breakfast with his team-mates before travelling to the airport.
He already has a seven-year-old son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. and further reports suggest his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant.
The rest of the Portugal squad flew from Kazan to Moscow on Thursday afternoon ahead of their final Confederations Cup game.