Portugal and Real Madrid's football and fashion phenom Cristiano Ronaldo has become a father, according to announcements made on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as reports in Portuguese media.
The simple and somewhat mysterious Twitter message:
It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy. As agreed with the baby's mother, who prefers to have her identity kept confidential, my son will be under my exclusive guardianship. No further information will be provided on this subject and I request everyone to fully respect my right to privacy (and that of the child) at least on issues as personal as these are.
Ronaldo has declined to identify the mother. The Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã reported that she "is from North America and had her child in early June", according to Agence France-Presse.
Ronaldo joined Madrid from Manchester United last summer in an £80m deal ($121m) and became the world's most expensive player. The now-iconic footballer recently returned home from World Cup 2010 in South Africa, where Portugal were eliminated at the last-16 stage by Spain. Ronaldo recently announced his support for marriage equality, which is now the law in Portugal.