Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after the monarch passed away aged 96.
The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral on Thursday, ending a remarkable reign of more than 70 years.
Her death had a major impact on the sporting world with the Premier League and English Football League (EFL) rescheduling this weekend’s games as the UK head into a game mourning period.
United’s Europa League clash against Real Sociedad on Thursday night was allowed to take place at Old Trafford and Ronaldo took to Instagram on Friday to pay tribute to the late monarch.
He posted a black and white picture of the Queen with the caption: “Seven years of my career have been played in the Premier League making this my eighth season in England.
“Over the years I have felt Britain’s enduring love for its Queen and how important Her Majesty was and always will be to the British people.
“I pay tribute to her memory and mourn this irreplaceable loss with the land I have come to call home.
Queen Elizabeth II dead: What’s next?
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, her death was announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.
She died aged 96 at her home in Balmoral, with her son, now King Charles, and daughter Princess Anne at her side.
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“My thoughts and prayers are with the royal family.”
He joins another United legend to pay tribute to the Queen, with David Beckham paying his respects on Thursday.
Former England, United and Real Madrid midfielder Beckham met the Queen several times and was made an OBE for services to football in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List in 2003.
“I am truly saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen,” Beckham said.
“What an outpouring of love and respect we have seen for the Platinum Jubilee for her life of service.
“How devastated we all feel today shows what she meant to people in this country and around the world.
“How much she has inspired us with her leadership. How she comforted us in difficult times.
“Up to her last days, she served her country with dignity and grace. This year she would have known how much she was loved. My thoughts and prayers are with our royal family.’
England captain Harry Kane and boxing champion Anthony Joshua were also among the sportsmen who offered their condolences after the Queen’s death.
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