Eurosport - Mon, 05 Jul 12:09:00 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo's child was born to an American who was paid to be a surrogate mother, according to reports in the Portuguese media.
Correio de Manha reported that the 25-year-old Real Madrid winger hired the woman, while Diario de Noticias added that the baby boy was born on June 17 and weighed 9lb 8oz.
The report also said that Ronaldo had begun the paperwork to bring the boy from the US to his native Portugal, where he will be brought up by the star's mother Delores and sisters Elma and Katia.
"He's very happy, of course. Who isn't happy having children?" sister Katia told Diario de Noticias.
"The baby looks like him, although he's still very small to see what his features will be like."
Ronaldo, who last summer became the world's most expensive player after his £80 million transfer from Manchester United, announced on Sunday via Facebook that he had become father to a baby reportedly born in June.
The report added that the player's girlfriend, Russian underwear model Irina Shayk, was initially devastated by the news but has now agreed to stand by Ronaldo and help him raise the child.