Cristiano Ronaldo has become the father of twins through a surrogate mother.
The Real Madrid superstar has been released by Portugal to celebrate the birth of his new children, who will be siblings to CR7’s first child, Cristiano Junior.
Earlier this month, reports in Portugal backed up The Sun‘s exclusive revelation that the superstar was due to have children via a surrogate mother.
But there had been no official confirmation until Ronaldo, 32, was allowed to leave the Confederations Cup following a semi-final exit to Chile.
He confirmed on Facebook: “I was with the national team, giving my everything as always, despite knowing my children had been born.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t reach our main sporting objective, but I am certain we will continue to make the Portuguese people happy.
“The president of the Portuguese Football Federation and the national team manager were considerate towards me and it is something which I will never forget.
“I am very happy to finally be with my children for the first time.”
An official statement said: “The president of the Portuguese Football Association and the manager were informed before the Confederations Cup that the national captain Cristiano Ronaldo had become a father.
“The player, despite knowing about the birth of his children, decided to stay with the national team, which is a gesture we want to highlight.
“The President of the Portuguese Football Association and the manager understand that, having failed to win the Confederations Cup, we had to release the player so that he could finally go and meet his children.”
Portuguese TV channel SIC reports he had a boy and girl named Eva and Mateo via a mother on the west coast of America.
Supermodel Tyra Banks, TV host Jimmy Fallon and actress Sarah Jessica Parker are among the celebs that have had surrogate children.
Ronaldo is already a father to Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, known as Cristianinho, who is now seven.
He is dating Georgina Rodriguez and could be set to be a dad again with the model reportedly five months pregnant.
Earlier this week the Spanish beauty was pictured with a tummy bump while enjoying a stroll with Ronaldo.
And it has been suggested the couple may be planning a ‘super baby’ after reportedly visiting a clinic which does DNA tests to check the make-up of a possible child.
The best Portugal can hope for without their skipper is a third-place finish after a heartbreaking defeat.
A 0-0 draw – in which Chile were denied a penalty and hit the woodwork twice in extra-time – resulted in a 3-0 shootout win, with Ronaldo not taking a spot-kick.
Manchester City stopper Claudio Bravo denied efforts from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani.
It has been a busy few weeks for Ronaldo, who was accused of tax fraud in Spain and linked with a move to Manchester United.
Real supremo Florentino Perez admitted his star man was angry but insists he expects him to stay in the Spanish capital.