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.
“Mateo and Eva, those are the names of Cristiano Ronaldo’s twins,” the channel claimed. “The boy and girl were born to a surrogate mum. It’s a secret that Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t yet revealed to the rest of the world.”
There was no immediate official confirmation of the news from the footballer or his agents.
But several Portuguese websites and newspapers including leading Portuguese daily Correio da Manha were running the story last night.
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.
Cristiano’s family has always refused to discuss whether his son was born to a surrogate mother, despite claims by a former nanny that the footballer’s sister Katia had told her he had two Mexican mums.
Carer Maria Manuela Rodriguez, who worked at Katia’s house in Moita near Lisbon for 10 months, told leading Portuguese tabloid Correio da Manha in August 2011: “Once I saw a newspaper article saying the child’s mother wanted him back.”
Katia said: “That’s a lie, because the mum is Mexican and she didn’t even see if it was a boy or a girl, because she was a surrogate mum” adding that she told her Cristianinho was the ‘child of two mums.'”