Footballing concerns were put to one side as Loris Karius left hospital with partner Diletta Leotta and their newborn daughter Aria on Tuesday.
The Newcastle United goalkeeper, 30, flashed a beaming smile as he carried the baby car seat out of a local maternity ward and into their waiting vehicle, five days after the couple welcomed their first child in a series of social media posts.
Joining the shot-stopper, new mum Leotta, 31 – a TV presenter in her native Italy – looked fresh and vibrant in an oversized baseball shirt as they prepared for the journey home.
The couple have been together since October last year and confirmed Leotta’s pregnancy earlier this year.
In a recent interview with Grazia Italy, Leotta, who fronts DAZN’s Serie A coverage, spoke about how she has been subjected to lewd chants while presenting at matches.
Proud parents: Footballing concerns were put to one side as Loris Karius left hospital with partner Diletta Leotta and their newborn daughter on Tuesday
Hands on: The Newcastle United goalkeeper carried his daughter’s baby car seat out of a local maternity ward and into their waiting vehicle
Overjoyed: Karius posed for a photo with Aria before leaving hospital on Tuesday
Leotta also talked about one particular incident when she was a teenager.
‘I had one ugly experience when I was young,’ she said. ‘My gym teacher slapped my butt and said something like, “You make me want to dunk that cookie.”
‘I didn’t understand what he wanted to tell me, I just didn’t get it.’
Leotta’s father was a lawyer and the teacher was immediately suspended and left the school.
She also spoke about how a high school teacher blamed her for ‘distracting the class’ because she was wearing leggings ahead of a PE lesson.
Leotta went on to recall the first time she met German goalkeeper Karius, who signed for Newcastle last September having seen his Liverpool career unravel following two calamitous errors in their 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
‘I was at the Paris fashion shows with some friends and we went to dinner at Hotel Costes,’ she said.
‘Then, when he entered, he lit up the room, as if the sun had entered. I said to the girls, “look, the man of my life has entered.”
Looking good: Joining the shot-stopper, new mum Leotta – a TV presenter in her native Italy – looked fresh and vibrant in an oversized baseball shirt as they prepared for the journey home
Delighted: The couple confirmed the birth of their daughter in a series of Instagram posts
Happy couple: Karius and Leotta have been together since October last year and confirmed her pregnancy earlier this year
Karius is currently on the books at Eddie Howe’s Newcastle after a turbulent few years in his career, sparked by a nightmare performance in the 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid.
He had not played a competitive match for two years ahead of the clash against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final.
His opportunity to play arose after Nick Pope was dramatically sent off in their defeat by Liverpool, for handling the ball outside the area.
Martin Dubravka, meanwhile, is Newcastle’s second-choice but was ineligible to play given the fact he had already played for Manchester United this term in the competition and was cup tied.
During the game, Karius let in two goals giving United the win and the cup title.
Prior to the League Cup his last game for an English club was the Champions League final with Liverpool in 2018.
He made two mistakes leading to Real Madrid goals in a 3-1 defeat that night and was subject to fierce criticism.
Since then, the German goalkeeper spent loan spells with Turkish side Besiktas and German side Union Berlin before arriving at St James’ Park.
Opening up: , Leotta, who fronts DAZN’s Serie A coverage, recently spoke about how she has been subjected to lewd chants while presenting at matches
Shot-stopper: Karius makes a save playing for Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final against Man United