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Mystery over identity of Ronaldo baby's mother

Mystery surrounded the identity of the mother of Cristiano Ronaldo's baby today after it was revealed that he had become a father for the first time.

The Portuguese press speculated that the former Manchester United winger had arranged for a surrogate after he said he had "exclusive guardianship" of the child.

The Real Madrid star insisted that the identify of the mother would be kept confidential.

Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias said the baby boy was conceived through surrogacy last summer in San Diego, United States.

The child was born on June 17 - two days after Portugal played the Ivory Coast in the World Cup and four days before he helped his side defeat North Korea 7-0.

The striker, who is the most expensive footballer in the world after signing for Real Madrid for a world record £80 million, is said to be "very happy" with his new son.

Ronaldo's youngest sister, Katia Aveiro, speaking from Vilamoura in the Algarve, told the newspaper the baby boy has dark eyes and hair like his father.

She said: "He is very happy, of course, who wouldn't be happy to have children?

"The news is true, but he doesn't want to talk about it. It's his personal life and when he wants to, he will talk."

Ms Aveiro told the newspaper that Ronaldo would make an official announcement after he had returned from Madrid, where he is dealing with professional matters.

She did not give the baby's name.

The newspaper said Ronaldo, 25, had travelled to the Algarve immediately after his team was knocked out of the World Cup last Tuesday to be with his newborn son.

A statement posted yesterday on what is billed as Ronaldo's official Facebook page said: "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."

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