Cristiano Ronaldo scores 100th Premier League goal as fans pay tribute after newborn son's death

The Portuguese forward hit the milestone in the 33rd minute of the game at the Emirates Stadium. Credit: PA Images

Cristiano Ronaldo was applauded by Manchester United and Arsenal fans as he made his first appearance for his club's side since the death of his newborn son.

Fans on both sides rose to their feet to applaud the Portuguese forward at the 7th minute - the same number on his shirt.

Ronaldo scored his 100th Premier League goal in the 33rd minute of the game at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and paid a poignant tribute to his unborn son by pointing to the sky.

The milestone goals mean he is now the 33rd player to reach the landmark, and the fourth this season alone.

The 37-year-old has become the first player in history to score 100 goals in both the Premier League and La Liga - Spain's football league.

His appearance is his first time back in action after missing Tuesday's clash with Liverpool following the death of his newborn baby.

He and his partner, Georgina Rodríguez, announced they were expecting twins in October 2021.

But in a statement shared on social media on Monday, the couple said they are "devastated" at the loss of their baby boy and added that Ms Rodríguez gave birth to a girl.