Cristiano Ronaldo has posted a heartfelt tribute to Soraia Semedo, the wife of close friend Jose, after her tragic death at the age of 34.
The Manchester United forward uploaded the tribute to his close friend’s wife, calling her ‘a wonderful mother and wife of one of the best friends that life has given me’.
Soraia died suddenly on Thursday morning at hospital in Lisbon, reportedly after health complications caused by an infection.
Former Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton midfielder Semedo is a long-time friend of Ronaldo since their time with Portugal’s youth teams nearly 20 years ago.
Ronaldo took to Instagram to honour Soraia with a picture of their families at dinner together.
The post reads: “There are times 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.
“Nothing can erase the pain of my brother José Semedo and the whole family, but we are together, today as always, in time to face this very difficult time.
“Rest in peace, my friend. We will never forget you.”
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