Just days after his team was eliminated from the World Cup, Portuguese star and man-candy-about-town Cristiano Ronaldo announced on his official Twitter and Facebook accounts that he's become a first-time father. And the world reeled with shock, because seriously, that came out of left field. As did the follow-up news that neither Paris Hilton nor Kim Kardashian is the wee one's mother. So who is?
Cristiano made his announcement on the evening of July 3 while on holiday in the U.S. Apparently he heard that there were supposed to be fireworks this weekend and he took it metaphorically. The statement read, "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." Huh. Strangely Ricky Martin–esque, no?
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Not coincidentally, Señor She Bangs (But Not Me) himself tweeted his congratulations to CR9 just hours after the news broke. "Parabéns!!!!!Muita felicidade para você e sua nova família! (Congratulations! Much happiness to you and your new family!)," Ricky wrote in Portuguese.
Meanwhile, soccer-watchers around the world were scrambling for details. First on the scene were the savvy ladies of Kickette, who assembled a detailed timeline of the announcements and Cristiano's whereabouts. According to various sources including Portuguese TV, the baby, named Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos after his father, was born June 17 to an American mother and weighed in at a hefty nine pounds. He's currently in Portugal with Cristiano's family, while the new papa is spending quality time in New York with his swimsuit model girlfriend, Irina Shayk. Spanish Media Paid Woman To Bed Cristiano Ronaldo