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The World’s Most Charitable Athlete

The World’s Most Charitable Athlete

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They say Google is definitely a woman, because it starts suggesting things before you can even finish your sentence (similarly they say Bing is a man, because it tries to convince people its superior and does a horrible job with pleasing its users).

But today when we were Google’ing (this should be a word) “Cristiano Ronaldo Ch” (we were trying to research something Champions League related), Google suggested charity before champions league. And seeing how Ronaldo holds the record for most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season, having scored 17 goals in the 2013–14 season, that’s really saying something about his charitable nature.

What says even more, is the results you get when you try to Google things as “most charitable athlete”, his name shows up at all of the results, except the ones featuring only North Americans, because somehow some North Americans think they’re the only ones in the world. Anyways, here are some of the amazing things we found in the massive sea of amazing things he’s done;

 

He doesn’t get tattoo’s.

  • Probably doesn’t sound all that charitable, but he does not have tattoos as it would prevent him from donating blood, which he does several times a year.

He helps out when nature fails. 

  • Television footage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami showed an eight-year-old boy survivor named Martunis wearing a No. 7 Portuguese football shirt who was stranded for 19 days after his family was killed. Following this, Ronaldo visited Aceh, Indonesia, to raise funds for rehabilitation and reconstruction.
  • After an earthquake in Nepal killed over 8,000 people last year, Ronaldo donated £5million to the latter to help their aid efforts in the country.
  • In March 2016, Ronaldo agreed to be the ambassador for The Mangrove Care Forum in Indonesia, an organization aiming to raise awareness of mangrove conservation.

He has a special place in his heart for cancer patients.

  • In 2009, Ronaldo donated £100,000 to the hospital that saved his mother’s life in Madeira following her battle with cancer, so that they could build a cancer centre on the island.
  • In 2012, Ronaldo and his agent paid for specialist treatment for a nine-year-old Canarian boy with apparently terminal cancer.

He seemingly gives away all his extra money.

  • After accepting undisclosed damages from a libel case against The Sun newspaper in 2008, Ronaldo donated the damages to a charity in Madeira.
  • In June 2016, Ronaldo donated the entirety of his €600,000 Champions League bonus after Real Madrid won the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.
  • In November 2012, Ronaldo sold the golden boot he had won in 2011 for €1.5 million and gave the money to fund schools for children in Gaza.

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