Cristiano Ronaldo has mourned the death of his close friend Jose Semedo’s wife after she passed away on Thursday morning.
Semedo’s wife Soraia, 34, died as a result of complications following an infection which led the Manchester United star to comfort his long-time friend.
Ronaldo and Semedo, both 36, spent their youth career together at Sporting Lisbon before Cristiano’s move to Manchester in 2003.
And the pair remained closed off the field, with Ronaldo publicly paying tribute to Soraia in an emotional Instagram post which shows the pair enjoying a family meal with their wives.
Ronaldo captioned the post: “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 Jose 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’ll never forget you.”
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Semedo still plays for Vitoria F.C. in the Portuguese third division and even followed Ronaldo to England in 2007.
The defensive midfielder joined Charlton where he spent four seasons and made 150 appearances before joining Sheffield Wednesday, where he remained for six seasons.
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