In a delightful blend of sports and romance, renowned Croatian sports journalist Fani Stipkovi? (40) and former Real Madrid star Fernando Hierro (55) have announced they're expecting their first child together. The happy news was announced in a heartfelt post on Stipkovi?'s Instagram profile, welcoming an exciting new chapter in their lives.
Sharing the Joy
Embracing the power of social media, Fani Stipkovi? chose to share her joy with her followers on Instagram. In a heartfelt message accompanying a video of the couple walking hand in hand, she wrote, "Our greatest blessing comes from the purest love… I can’t wait to hug you, our little angel," giving fans a glimpse of her joyously pregnant belly.
The news sparked a wave of congratulatory messages from both fans and friends alike, warmly welcoming the upcoming addition to their family.
Among the well-wishers were some notable figures from the world of football.
Former Real Madrid defender Miguel Torres and football manager Morientes wrote, "Congratulations, couple". Figo, another football legend, simply exclaimed, "Congratulations". Fani's close friend Lorena Van Heerde expressed her love for the couple, adding to the outpour of good wishes.
An Undisclosed Love Story
Stipkovi?, originally from Kor?ula, confirmed her relationship with Hierro, the former Real Madrid footballer, in early 2022, having previously kept her love life under wraps. Though they have been together for over two years, the relationship was not publicly acknowledged until recently.
According to a source close to the couple, who spoke to "Story.hr", the two started living together during the quarantine just outside Madrid, where Stipkovi? has been focusing on her career for years. Though not engaged, they have not dismissed the idea either, leaving room for further exciting developments in their relationship.
In a backdrop to this love story, it's worth noting that Hierro ended his 28-year marriage with Sonia Ruiz in 2019. From this previous union, he has a son, Alvaro, and a daughter, Claudia.