Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in a training session
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Ronaldo said: "I was in the service of the national team, as always, body and soul, even though my two sons were born.
"Unfortunately, we have not been able to achieve the main sporting objective that we wanted, but I am sure we will continue to give joy to the Portuguese.
"The President of the Portuguese Football Federation and the national picker have today had an attitude that has touched me and I will not forget.
"I'm very happy to finally be with my children for the first time."
The Portuguese FA also released a statement of their own, reciprocating Ronaldo's praise by commending the forward for wanting to play for the national team despite the birth of the twins.
"The President of the FPF and the National Team were informed before the Confederations Cup by the National Team captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, that he had been a father.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo with a mascot before the match against Chile
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"The athlete, despite the birth of his children, made a point of being in the service of the National Team, in a gesture that we must underline and praise.
"The President of the FPF and the National Selector understand that if it is impossible to reach the goal of winning the Confederations Cup, they must release the athlete so that he can finally get to know his children."