Cristiano Ronaldo’s newborn baby twins were conceived and welcomed into the world through the help of a surrogate mother, it has emerged today.
The footballing icon, 32, confirmed he’d become a father again in June, having welcomed little girl-boy twins named Eva Maria and Mateo on June 8.
However, Ronaldo never explained how his newest arrivals had come into existence, as his girlfriend of a few months, Georgina Rodriguez, was not expecting.
It was rumoured that the twins were born via a surrogate, and documents unearthed by the Daily Mail appear to support the speculation.
The newspaper found the babies were conceived in a laboratory, then born to a surrogate mum – although her identity is still secret.
Their birth certificates, which have been filed publicly, only contain part of Ronaldo’s surname (‘Dos Santos’ as opposed to ‘dos Santos Aveiro’, which is Cristiano’s full last name), but in the court register their case is classed under the ‘surrogacy’ category.
While Cristiano is listed on the birth certificates as the twins’ father, their mother has been left off.
The twins were born at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in the Californian town of La Mesa, which lies just 20 miles from the Mexican border and is near San Diego. Eva was born first at 9.07am with her brother following a minute later, the newspaper reports.
In Ronaldo’s native Portugal, surrogacy is not permitted in any but the most rare of cases – and single men are not allowed to pursue it as an option for having children.
Cristiano publicly acknowledged his twins’ arrival last week with an Instagram picture of himself holding them and gazing down at little Mateo.
“So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life,” he captioned the cute snap.
And earlier this week he shared a second picture of himself holding Mateo while his seven-year-old son Cristiano Jr cradled baby Eva.
“Blessed,” he wrote next to the family portrait.
The 32-year-old athlete, who is dating 23-year-old Georgina Rodriguez, is thought to have used a surrogate for his firstborn.
The identity of Cristiano Jr’s mother has always been kept a secret.
Speaking previously about his son growing up without a mum, the footballer told The Jonathan Ross Show: “For me it is not a problem. I will say in the world, many kids don’t have mum, don’t have dads or dads die or mums die… Cristiano has a dad, an unbelievable dad.
“[He has] a grandmother, I have the support of my family, great of course. It will be like, ‘why don’t you [say?]’. Listen, some points in life it’s private and people have to respect the privacy of other people.
“When Cristiano is going to grow up, I am always, always going to say the truth to him because he deserves, because he is my son but I am not going to say because people want me to say.”