Cristiano Ronaldo pays tribute to ‘irreplaceable’ Queen Elizabeth II after her death and says he has felt the UK’s ‘eternal love’ for the monarch during his time in the Premier League
- Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
- Ronaldo wrote that he mourns her ‘irreplaceable loss’ with the population
- His United side heard the news just before their 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad
Cristiano Ronaldo has joined figures around the world to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Portuguese legend took to Instagram to offer an emotional message after news of her tragic death was announced ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Real Sociedad.
A moment of silence was observed in memory of the Queen before kick-off at Old Trafford as Ronaldo started the first Europa League game in 20 years.
Cristiano Ronaldo took a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on social media
Ronaldo wrote: ‘Seven years of my career I played in the Premier League, making this my eighth season living in England.
‘All these years I have felt the UK’s undying love for its Queen and how important Her Majesty was and will forever be to the British people.
“I pay tribute to her memory and mourn this irreplaceable loss to the country I have learned to call my home. My thoughts and prayers are with the royal family.”
The now 37-year-old first arrived in the UK in 2003 when he first joined United, and spent six years in the country before moving to Real Madrid.
He later returned and is now on the second of his two-year deal at Old Trafford, and as such has spent nearly eight years of his professional career in England.
In her memory, the Premier League and the Football Association have postponed all matches this weekend, despite the UK government saying they were under no obligation to do so.
The Premier League and English Football League have postponed this weekend’s games
Ronaldo has lived in England for almost eight years of his professional career
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) held a 9:30 am call with all major sports to establish the action plan and left the decision on events to the individual organisations.
However, the Premier League and EFL have released a statement saying they have made the decision to postpone this weekend’s games to: honor Queen Elizabeth’s ‘extraordinary life and contribution to the nation’.
The Premier League released the following statement: ‘At a meeting this morning’ [Friday]Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“In honor of her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League round of matches, including Monday night’s game, has been postponed.”
Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, added: ‘We and our clubs wish to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.
“As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves an incredible legacy after a lifetime of dedication.”
The Premier League has released a statement saying they have made the decision to postpone the games to honor Queen Elizabeth’s “extraordinary life and contribution to the nation”.