Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he is now the father of twins after a surrogate mother gave birth in the US.
Taking to Facebook hours after Portugal's semi-final defeat to Chile in the Confederations Cup he told fans: "I'm very happy, finally, to be with my children for the first time." Ronaldo, who has a long-term girlfriend left the team in Kazan, in Russia, on Thursday morning.
The striker, who is dating Spanish girlfriend and model Georgina Rodríguez, aged 22, is already father to Cristiano Ronaldo Junior, who was born to a surrogate in June 2010.
Although little is known about the new additions, reports in the Portugal media said they were born in San Diego on 8 June. The baby news comes weeks after reports began circulating that Rodríguez is five months pregnant with the sports star's baby.
The Portuguese Football Federation confirmed their top player had been given leave from the Confederations Cup early 'so that he can finally get to know his children.'
The organisation said in a statement: "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.
"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.
A source previously told the Sun that 32-year-old decided to have more children because he felt it was time "for his boy to have brothers to grow up with."
The insider added: "His mum Dolores will be there to lend a helping hand like she has been with little Cristiano."