Happy 32nd birthday to Cristiano Ronaldo! The Real Madrid player celebrated his special day in the company of his loved ones, including his mini-me son, Cristiano Jr, and his mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro. The footballer has shared the sweetest family photo on Instagram, giving his fans a glimpse of the festivities.
Cristiano posed with his mum and six-year-old son behind a large birthday cake, which was decorated with sparkler candles. The sports icon received a flurry of birthday messages from his followers, while the picture itself racked up an impressive 2.7m likes in a few hours. Maria shared the same image on her Instagram page, simply writing "Congratulations" to her footballer son.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated with his son and mum
A notable absentee from the photo was Cristiano's new Spanish girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, who he has been dating for a few months. According to HELLO!'s sister publication HOLA!, Georgina and Cristiano met at a Dolce & Gabbana party in Madrid last year. They secretly dated before going public with their romance in November. Sources close to HOLA! describe Georgina as a "good person" who is "charming".
The father-son duo with Cristiano's new girlfriend Georgina
While Cristiano tends to keep his private life out of the spotlight, the footballer and his new girlfriend were spotted on a ski break in January. The couple, who are both based in Madrid, enjoyed some downtime at the Navacerrada resort on the outskirts of the city. They walked the red carpet last month, attending the FIFA Football Awards where Cristiano was presented with the Best FIFA Men's Player Award. The photogenic couple posed up a storm at the event, alongside Cristiano's adorable son.
While Cristiano often shares photos of his mini-me son, the notoriously private star has remained tight-lipped about the identity of his mother's son. It's not known whether he still has a relationship with her, but what is clear is that Cristiano shares an extremely close bond with his son.