The popularity of a star footballer can be a powerful way to connect with a wide audience and to transmit public health messages. Cristiano Ronaldo besides being an incredible footballer is an all-around awesome person. Let’s see how Cristiano Ronaldo Did Life-Changing Things For Fans.
Cristiano Ronaldo Did Life-Changing Things For Fans
His popularity has given him a unique platform to reach many people and communities. And he intends to make the most of this opportunity. Here’s how Cristiano Ronaldo has done/still doing life-changing things for fans and people in general and not-to-mention 10 more reasons to love Ronaldo.
Once Ronaldo told the crowd to shut up
In an event attended by the football legend, Cristiano Ronaldo did life-changing things for this kid. A little Japanese fanboy attempted to speak Portuguese to him. He politely introduced himself then went on to tell how much he loved watching Ronaldo playing football.
Although Ronaldo helped the boy along to get through his Portuguese, the crowd started laughing at the boy whenever he stumbled. Ronaldo was pissed and gave a piece of his mind to the audience “Why they smile? Why? He speaks good Portuguese! Very good. They should be happy because he tries very hard!” (via a translator)
He helped build a specialist center at Hospital Central in his native land Madeira
In 2007, Dolores Santos, 54, was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a successful course of radiotherapy. Ronaldo was so grateful to the hospital that cured his mother’s cancer that he donated £100,000 to help build a specialist center at the hospital that’ll concentrate on curing cancer.
He funded cancer treatment for a 9-year-old boy
Nuhazet was suffering from cancer for two years when the doctor announced that there was nothing more to do. His parents were heartbroken but they wanted the rest of the little days their son had left, to be joyous. So in order to fulfill Nuhazet’s lifelong wish, they took him to meet Cristiano Ronaldo.
When the Portuguese forward and one of the best football agents, Jorge Mendes, met Nuhazet’s parents, together they decided to fund the boy’s treatment in a private hospital in Madrid. They also made an arrangement so that the boy can receive personalized medication from the United States.
The Charity match he played for Madeira flood victims
The 2010 Madeira flood left devastation everywhere and at least 42 people dead. Ronaldo decided to play a charity game in this birthplace Madeira organized by Portuguese champions Porto against players from Madeira clubs Maritimo and Nacional in order to raise money. “I couldn’t believe what I saw on the television. I want to help in any way I can,” Ronaldo had said.
Ronaldo’s heart went for the children of Gaza
In 2011, Ronaldo has received a Golden Boot by Real Madrid Foundation. And reportedly, he sold it in an auction. He then donated the funds -- 1.5 million euro -- to aid the children of Gaza.
He used Football for health drive
Like Messi, Ronaldo too joined forces for FIFA’s ’11 for Health’ in 2012. It’s a program to raise awareness amongst children to keep a safe distance from addiction, obesity, malaria, and HIV. It is a completely worthy cause that had brought the two superstars on the same side.
The program had eleven, 90-minute group sessions where children were provided with information. Those were aimed to change their attitudes and behavior towards diseases and addictions.
His crusade to save children
In 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo became the Global Artist Ambassador of Save the Children organization. In this new role, Ronaldo promoted healthy eating habits, physical activities and fight against hunger and obesity among children. The football superstar had said, “As a dad, I know it is important to give my two-year-old son a healthy life, right from the start, and I want to give all kids that same chance.“
His crusade against Ebola
In 2014, the “11 against Ebola” campaign kicked-off featuring a number of greatest football players including Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. With the hashtag #wecanbeatebola and under the slogan “Together, we can beat Ebola”, they sent out messages to encourage people to combat Ebola by “cooking meat properly”, “reporting unusual illnesses” etc.
An eight-year-old Tsunami survivor brought Ronaldo to Indonesia
When the Tsunami and Indian Ocean earthquake hit Indonesia, an eight-year-old survivor named Martunis’s family suffered like no one else. Television footage of Martunis wearing a No. 7, prompted Ronaldo to visit Indonesia. Jointly, Ronaldo and a liquor firm raised one billion rupiahs. They raised about 0.1 million U.S. dollars for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of survivors.
He donated libel damage payout to a charity
In 2008, The Sun newspaper claimed that injured Ronaldo went to a pub. He was reported putting down his crutches to dance with four models while also risking his well-being. To this Ronaldo said, “I take enormous pride in my professionalism. I treat my training and recovery from injury very seriously and would never have drunk and danced in a nightclub without my crutches.“
Later the matter went into court. And, the newspaper had to apologize as well as pay him substantial undisclosed libel damage. Ronaldo donated the sum to a charity in his home island of Madeira.
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