Ronaldo sends message to family of boy killed in earthquake

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo closes his eyes during Spanish the La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Betis won 1-0. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

MADRID (AP) Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a message of solidarity to the family of a young fan killed in Mexico’s earthquake.

Ronaldo twitted a photo of himself holding a Real Madrid jersey with the message ”To my No. 1 fan, Santiago.”

Spanish media said the message written on the jersey was in reference to Santiago Flores, the boy killed in a school crushed by Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

The boy’s relatives reportedly wrote Ronaldo after the boy’s death to tell the Portugal star that Santiago was a huge fan.

Ronaldo wrote in his Twitter post on Sunday that ”in this moment of pain, I send a huge hug to Santiago’s family and to all the families who have lost their loved ones.”

Atletico Madrid said Saturday it was donating 50,000 euros ($59,700) to aid those affected by the earthquake.