Taking to Instagram, the 36-year-old shared a picture of himself, his partner Georgina Rodriguez and his son Cristiano Jr alongside his best friend José Semedo and his wife Soraia and wrote: “There are times when everything takes a back seat, including football.
Last week, unexpectedly, a fantastic human left us, our dear Soraia, a wonderful mother and wife of one of the best friends that life has given me.
“Nothing can erase the pain of my brother José Semedo and their whole family, but we are together, today as always, facing this difficult moment. Rest in peace my friend. We will never forget you.”
She was pronounced dead in the early hours at Curry Cabral Hospital in Lisbon.
Cristiano and José have been friends since their youth and José previously credited him for ensuring he remained disciplined while an academy player, explaining: “I owe Ronaldo everything. If it wasn’t for him I would have been expelled from the academy and returned to the neighborhood when I grew up.
“Many of my childhood friends are in jail or have got hooked on drugs. Nothing makes me think I wouldn’t have followed the same path. I owe my sporting career, my children, and my wonderful life to Cristiano.”