The Portuguese footballer recently paid a moving tribute to his best friend Jose Semedo’s late wife and said nothing could ease his pain after losing his friend’s partner.
Cristiano Ronaldo penned an emotional homage on his Instagram, sharing Jose Semedo’s wife, Soraia Semedo, passed away. He captioned his post, saying there comes a time when everything takes a back seat, including football:
“Last week, unexpectedly, a fantastic human being left, our dear Soraia, a wonderful mother and wife of one of the best friends that life has given me.”
Ronaldo went on to say nothing could erase Jose and the entire family’s pain and that they were together as always during their time of grief. “Rest in peace, my friend. We’ll never forget you,” he concluded.
Along with the post, the Manchester United star shared a group photo of him, his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, and their son, together with Jose and his now-late spouse.
The couples posed for the snap while seated at a dinner table, all flashing as Jose wrapped his around his beloved significant other.
Ronaldo’s post was inundated with pouring messages of condolences, with the Tatel team sending him and Jose a lot of strength during this difficult time.
According to Hello Magazine, Soraia passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 34 due to health complications caused by an infection.
She was pronounced deceased in the early hours at Curry Cabral Hospital in Lisbon. Her husband and Ronaldo have been friends since their youth.
The pair were enrolled at Sporting Lisbon’s youth academy, but Ronaldo left the institution for his first professional football career at Manchester United in 2003.
Soon after, his dear friend Jose followed suit and joined English football. However, despite their contrasting careers, Jose, 36, credits Ronaldo, also 36, for keeping him on track while they were young.
The Vitoria star said he is indebted to Ronaldo and that if it was not for him, he would have been expelled from the academy and returned to the neighborhood where he grew up.
Jose shared many of his childhood friends are either imprisoned or have a drug addiction. He ended off by saying nothing makes him think he would have avoided going through the same route.