Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo returned for training on Wednesday, just 48 hours after confirming the tragic death of his newborn son.

The Manchester United forward was reportedly given compassionate leave by his club for as long as he needed. However, the 37-year-old chose to return to the Carrington training base on Wednesday and joined the entire session with team-mates. Ronaldo was seen in the back of a people carrier on the way to Man Utd's training complex, with his earphones in while he sat behind the driver in the back seat.

On Tuesday, the Portuguese footballer missed out on Man Utd's 4-0 defeat by Liverpool. The club issued a statement ahead of the game, "Family is more important than everything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time. As such, we can confirm that he will not feature in the match against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday evening and we underline the family's request for privacy."

On behalf of his long-time partner Georgina Rodriguez, Ronaldo released a statement on Monday confirming the death of their baby boy. "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 announcement read.

"Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support. We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time. Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you."

In his absence during the defeat by Liverpool, there was applause and a rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the home fans to show support for him and his family. Both sets of fans also stood up in the seventh minute, symbolizing Ronaldo's number, to applaud. A lot of fans, players and pundits sent their condolences.

The Premier League also sent their condolences, writing, "The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the Premier League are with you and your family, Cristiano." While former club Juventus also said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Georgina and the whole family during this time."

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 16, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

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