Convicted drug trafficker father of Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend has reportedly died in his native Argentina after a long battle against illness.
The football star’s partner Georgina Rodriguez posted a birthday photo on her Instagram earlier this week from Buenos Aires and wrote: ‘Coincidences of life. I land in the country I was born in at the same time and the day of my birth 25 years ago.’
She gave no hint of the reason for her trip, thought to be her first to Argentina since her dad was kicked out of Spain in 2013 and banned from returning after doing ten years jail for two drugs trafficking offences.
Celeb Spanish magazine Hola reported on its website on Friday that the pretty brunette had flown to Buenos Aires following the death of Jorge Eduardo Rodriguez Gorjon at the age of 70.
He is said to have suffered from complications related to a stroke he had two-and-a-half years ago.
No-one from Cristiano Ronaldo’s agency Gestifute, which rarely comments on the footballer’s private life, was available early Friday.
Fans of the footballer and his partner, who gave birth to their one-year-old daughter Alana Martina in November 2016, have taken to social media to offer their condolences.
One, writing on the Instagram page of Georgina’s sister Ivana, said: ‘My sincere condolences.
‘I hope you find comfort in God. I am very sad for you. Be strong. We are all with you.’
Another messaged Georgina to say: ‘I am very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you.’
Buenos Aires-born former footballer Jorge was jailed in 2003 and released in 2013 after receiving sentences of 11 years and two years, although he was on licence for part of that time and not behind bars 24/7.