Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly become the father of surrogate twins.
The children, a boy and a girl called Eva and Mateo, were born on Thursday according to Portuguese TV channel SIC.
A UK newspaper reported in March that Ronaldo was due to become the father of twin boys.
It said a surrogate mother on the west coast of the US was heavily pregnant and was expecting the babies “very soon.”
Ronaldo, who is dating Spanish beauty Georgina Rodriguez, stunned the world in July 2010 by announcing on Twitter and Facebook he had become a father.
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, known as Cristianinho, is now six.
The child’s proud grannie Dolores Aveiro revealed in an approved biography published in July 2014 in Portugal that she had picked the youngster up from a private hospital in Florida.
‘She even told me the child had two mums, that the eggs were from one and another carried and gave birth to the child. And that both were Mexican.
‘The child was born in a private clinic and the mother didn’t even see him, because she was covered up. The baby was born and she doesn’t know anything about him.’
The Real Madrid striker took legal action over the article, claiming the newspaper had intruded into his private life.
A court in Lisbon ruled in favour of the footballer and fined a newspaper exec, the former nanny and the two journalists who wrote the story.
An appeal against the decision is understood to be ongoing.
There has also been recent speculation that his girlfriend is pregnant.
Cristiano caused many to jump to conclusions when he posted a romantic photo of himself and Georgina on Instagram in May.
The footballer was pictured with his hand on her belly and captioned the image with a heart emoji – but his mother Dolores Santos has since insisted there was no subliminal meaning.
‘It’s just nonsense’ she said. ‘It’s just a hand on the belly, and as far as I know, Cristiano will not be a father again.’
Georgina later posted a picture of herself to Instagram at the doctors just days after rumours spread that she was pregnant, but it appears she was visiting Dr Rafik Dehni who specialises in plastic surgery and skin treatments.