MANCHESTER UNITED striker Edinson Cavani has taken to social media to announce the birth of his fourth child.
The 34-year-old dedicated his Instagram post to his partner Jocelyn Burgardt as he shared a snap of their baby boy Silvestre.
Edinson Cavani shared this snap of his fourth child to his 8.4 million Instagram followersCredit: Instagram @cavaniofficial21
Cavani alongside partner Jocelyn Burgardt and one of his three other childrenCredit: Instagram @cavaniofficial21
Captioning the photo, he said: “Today is one of those special days that God gives us, happy with the arrival of our little “Silvestre”.
“I congratulate you @eternalprimavera21 for that courage of Leona. I love you.”
The name the couple have opted for is the Spanish equivalent of Sylvester and means ‘Coming from a wild place’.
The footballer and Jocelyn also have a daughter called India who turned two last month.
Jocelyn’s pregnancy was cited as one of the reasons the striker was planning to return to South America earlier this year when he was being linked to a move to Argentine giants Boca Juniors before he agreed to stay on at United.
Argentine media outlet Infobae reported at the time: “His partner Jocelyn Burgardt is close to giving birth and the family’s idea is to return to Uruguay in June to welcome the new heir.
“After having been away from each other for so long, the Cavani family will be united once again or just a few hundred miles apart if Edinson ends up forming part of Argentinian football.”
Jocelyn was last pictured in a touching family video the United frontman posted in January on his social media, showing him painting his daughter’s hands before placing her right palm on his left cheek.
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Cavani has two children from a previous marriageCredit: Instagram @cavaniofficial21
The pretty 29-year-old, a keen dancer who has starred regularly in the annual carnival which takes place in the Uruguayan city of Bella Union, looked on affectionately as the couple’s pet dog walked past in the background.
She was sat with her legs crossed and there was no obvious sign of a baby bump, although her stomach was hidden under a cardigan and little India was in front of her most of the time.
Her absence from Cavani’s social media posts since January sparked speculation she had already travelled to Uruguay to give birth.
The couple are now back home ahead of the start of the Copa America in less than a fortnight’s time.
Cavani recently spoke of the importance of being vaccinated against Covid after getting his jab in his native city of Salta.
The footballer has two sons called Bautista and Lucas from his relationship with former wife and childhood sweetheart Maria Soledad Cabris.
They split in 2014 after allegations of infidelity levelled against the footballer shortly after the birth of Lucas.
Their marriage was blown apart after the publication of a photo while Cavani was playing for Naples, showing him with his arms round a young Italian journalist named at the time as Maria Rosario Ventrone.
Maria Soledad was quoted at the time in Italian press as saying: “Edinson has betrayed God, the God he strongly believes in. He’s betrayed his family.”
The star couple’s subsequent divorce was heavily played out in the Uruguayan press. After his split from Maria Soledad, Cavani insisted: “A divorce is always difficult. It’s a failure. But I’m divorcing my wife, not my children.
“I’ve always behaved in a clear and unmistakable way towards them. I’ve always fulfilled my obligations towards them and will make sure they have all they need now and in the future.”
The Cavani’s shared their pregnancy news in a glossy magazineCredit: Caras Uruguay
Cavani’s romance with Ventrone was short-lived and she blasted him after their split by claiming in an interview: “He left me nine months after we started living together.
“He was very jealous, almost possessive and I still don’t know why we finished.”
The United striker is said to have met his current partner through Uruguayan footballer Gaston Ramirez.
Cavani put an end to speculation about his future last month by signing a contract extension with United that keeps him at the club until June 2022.