Cristiano Ronaldo has been a very charitable individual throughout his illustrious career. However, reports that the Portuguese forward had given $7.9 million to the Nepal earthquake relief efforts have been falsified by Save the Children.
According to the Guardian, the organization released a statement clarifying that although Cristiano Ronaldo had been a global ambassador for child hunger and nutrition since 2003, the 30-year-old had not donated the previously reported figures.
“The global ambassador for Save the Children, Cristiano Ronaldo, has used his voice and his global visibility to raise awareness of the problems faced by the most vulnerable children around the world, including those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. The latest information on the donation of Cristiano Ronaldo to the emergency response of Save the Children in Nepal is false. After the second earthquake, which has brought further devastation to the country, the NGO wants to thank Cristiano Ronaldo and other influential people for their support in publicising the situation facing children and families in Nepal.”
Indeed, Ronaldo did use his influence to help gather donations for the Nepal earthquake relief efforts.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) April 28, 2015
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Ronaldo is often highlighted for his playboy lifestyle, however, his charity work has also been a notable feature of his off-the-field persona.
Not only has he been an ambassador for UNICEF, Cristiano Ronaldo has also given back as a private citizen. In 2012 and 2014, Ronaldo donated to pay for hospital care and treatment for two young boys.
Yesterday, Ronaldo scored the solitary goal for Real Madrid in a crucial semi-final tie in the UEFA Champions League. Despite his efforts, Cristiano Ronaldo could not save his team from an aggregate 3-2 defeat against Italian champions Juventus.
There had been concerns about the remaining schedule after a dispute between the Spanish Football Federation and the players’ union.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s focus will now be steered back towards the Spanish League as Real Madrid trails rivals Barcelona with just two games remaining until the end of the season after the Spanish Football Federation reversal of the suspension.
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