'This is sad': Football world in tears over Cristiano Ronaldo moment

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Cristiano Ronaldo, pictured here pointing towards the sky after scoring against Arsenal.
Cristiano Ronaldo pointed towards the sky after scoring against Arsenal. Image: Optus Sport/Getty

Cristiano Ronaldo paid a heartbreaking tribute to his late newborn son after scoring for Manchester United in his first game since the tragedy.

Ronaldo and partner Georgina Rodriguez announced earlier this week that one of their twins had died after being delivered.

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Rodriguez gave birth to a boy and a girl, however the boy didn't make it.

Ronaldo missed the midweek loss to Liverpool while grieving the tragedy, but was back in the starting line-up against Arsenal on Saturday.

He raised his left arm and pointed to the sky after scoring in the 34th minute, with many believing it was a tribute to his son.

For Man United, not even an emotional return for Ronaldo was enough to turn around their fortunes.

The Red Devils likely dropped out of the race for Champions League qualification in a 3-1 loss.

United fell six points behind their top-four rivals and manager Ralf Rangnick all but called time on his team's season.

Cristiano Ronaldo, pictured here slotting the ball past Aaron Ramsdale to score for Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo slots the ball past Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to score for Manchester United. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

"I don't think it's very realistic to dream and think of the top four," Rangnick said at the end of a week when they also lost at Liverpool 4-0 and hired a new manager - Ajax's Erik ten Hag - for the start of next season.

Ronaldo's goal made it 2-1 after Nuno Tavares and Bukayo Saka had already netted for Arsenal.

But the Portuguese star declined the chance to take a penalty that compatriot Bruno Fernandes wound up missing, with United manager Rangnick saying: "He just didn't feel as if he should take it."

Granit Xhaka clinched victory for Arsenal with a sweetly struck shot from long range in the 70th minute, completing an excellent week for Mikel Arteta's team after their 4-2 win at Chelsea on Wednesday.

Jesus scores four as Manchester City extend their lead

Elsewhere, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus scored more goals in just 53 minutes than he'd done in the previous eight months.

Becoming the first player in the league to score four goals in a game this season, Jesus led City to a 5-1 thrashing of Watford which opened up a four-point lead for the champions over second-placed Liverpool in the title race.

Liverpool can trim that back to one point with five matches left but must beat Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Gabriel Jesus, pictured here celebrating with Jack Grealish during Manchester City's win over Watford.
Gabriel Jesus celebrates with Jack Grealish during Manchester City's win over Watford. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Jesus has been something of an afterthought at City this season, scoring only three goals in the league before the arrival of next-to-last Watford for a match that ended up resembling a training exercise.

City boss Pep Guardiola reckoned no-one deserved his big day more than his talented Brazilian understudy.

"If there is one person in world football who deserves nights like this it is him," said the Spaniard.

"I am pretty sure there is not one person on the staff, in all the people that know him, who is not happy for him. We are delighted for him."

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