LIVERPOOL fans plan to applaud Cristiano Ronaldo and his family tonight after the Manchester United star lost his newborn son.
And Liverpool fans are planning to pay a touching tribute to the star of their fiercest rival.
A Liverpool fan account on Facebook suggested holding a minute of applause for Ronaldo and his family during the game.
They urged the other fans to clap in the seventh minute – in homage to Ronaldo’s number 7 shirt.
The post read: “If you’re lucky enough to attend the game, please show Ronaldo and his family a mark of respect by joining the round of applause, which will take place at the seventh minute.
“Rivalries should be put aside in heartbreaking circumstances like these. You will never walk alone, CR7 Jr.”
The idea met with an overwhelming response from other Liverpool fans. One said: “‘Great gesture! Show the man some love while he’s going through a terrible time.
“I can’t imagine the pain he must be going through. We are people first, football fans second.”
Another wrote: “It’s a really nice gesture and that’s what football is all about! Rivalries aside, this is how we show our class.”
One added: “Regardless of our loyalty to our club and our personal feelings towards CR, no one deserves this pain.
“Hopefully this gets spread far and wide ahead of tonight’s game and it’s happening, a small gesture in the bigger picture but a good thing nonetheless.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldo was not present when his United team-mates arrived in Carrington on Tuesday morning.
Red Devils fans paid tribute to Ronnie and his family outside Old Trafford by laying flowers and scarves.
And United released a statement showing Ronaldo has been given a compassionate leave of absence, meaning he will not feature in tonight’s game.
It read: “Family is more important than anything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones during this immensely difficult time.
“We can therefore confirm he will not be present for Tuesday night’s game against Liverpool at Anfield and we underscore the family’s request for privacy.
“Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/18306281/cristiano-ronaldo-man-utd-liverpool-fans-tribute-son-death/ Liverpool fans plan to applaud Cristiano Ronaldo and family during Man Utd clash following tragic death of his son