CRISTIANO RONALDO paid a surrogate mother to have his baby son, it was claimed yesterday.
The youngster is the spitting image of his famous father with brown eyes and shock of brown hair, his sister revealed.
The boy was born weighing 9lb 8oz on June 17 while the star was at the World Cup in South Africa.
He is being looked after by the former Manchester United winger’s family on the Algarve in southern Portugal.
Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro, said her brother was “very happy” after becoming a father.
Daily newspaper Diario de Noticias said it understood the baby was conceived by a surrogate mother at the end of last summer in San Diego, where Ronaldo was on holiday.
It gave no further details about the claim.
Other reports said the baby was born as a result of a fling with an American woman, who has been paid to stay anonymous.
A spokesman for Ronaldo’s management company, Getsifute, confirmed the footballer had become a father, but refused to comment on the surrogacy claims, the latest bizarre twist to the story.
The spokesman said: “It is correct that Cristiano Ronaldo has become a father. The message on his website is genuine. It is not a hoax, as some people have suggested. But we won’tbe making any further comment. We have seen the reports coming out of Portugal, but won’t be commenting on them.”
Speaking at one of the family’s homes in Vilamoura, on the Algarve, sister Katia told Diario de Noticias: “He has brown eyes and brown hair like Cristiano.
“He’s very happy, of course! Who isn’t happy having children? The baby looks like him, although he’s still very small to see what his features will be like.
“He’s very calm, he just eats and sleeps.”
Katia said her own sons Rodrigo, nine, and four-month-old Dinis “are very happy” with the new arrival. She said her brother will reveal his son’s name “when he returns from Madrid”, where he is working, in a few days,.
State television channel RTP claimed the boy, who was born 53cm in length, will be called Cristiano Ronaldo Junior.
The footballer became a father two days after playing against the Ivory Coast in the World Cup and four days before he helped Portugal beat North Korea 7-0.
He did not reveal the news to his team-mates while in South Africa.
Diario de Noticias said Ronaldo travelled to the Algarve to meet his son as soon as Portugal were eliminated from the tournament by Spain on June 29.
Ronaldo, who earns £180,000-a-week with Real Madrid, made his shock revelation he had become a father on Saturday night on his official website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
He wrote: “It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become a 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.”
His girlfriend, Russian underwear model Irina Shayk, wrote on her Facebook page: “My boyfriend is now the father of a boy.”
She is said to be devastated by the news having been kept in the dark by her boyfriend.
The boy’s mother is said to be an American woman who has asked not to be identified.
Ronaldo spent last summer in the US on holiday after signing for Real Madrid from Manchester United for a world record £80 million.
The baby will have been conceived around September last year when he was playing for the Spanish giants. At that time 21-year-old Italian Raffaella Fico claimed to be dating the footballer, but the relationship was not confirmed.
Other women who have been linked to Ronaldo recently include Paris Hilton, Big Brother star Imogen Thomas, US star Kim Kardashian, models Letizia Filippi, 32, and Brazilian Raica Oliveira, 26.
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