In shocking news earlier today, Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to announce on his unofficial web-site that he had become a father.
The "news", repeated on the 25 year old, Real Madrid star's Facebook and Twitter pages, said simply 'It is with great joy and emotion that I announce that I have recently become a father'.
Mysteriously, the Portuguese star's Twitter page was suspended only hours later and much speculation has followed.
Some spectators predicted that this was a hoax, instigated by hackers who had infiltrated the footballer's Twitter account.
Others considered the statement to be genuine, claiming the mother is from the United States and gave birth a month ago.
We can now put an end to this speculation and can reveal the truth of the statement which is equally shocking.
Cristiano Ronaldo, has announced that he is to retire from football with immediate effect. He has purchased an estate and vineyard near to Porto and intends spending the next few years in honest toil, working the land.
It would appear that the message that Ronaldo meant to send was: ' It is with great joy and emotion that I announce that I have recently become a farmer'.