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Christiano Ronaldo's good deeds outside the pitch

While his list of sports accolades is expansive, many are not aware that his humanitarian works are equally impressive. Since his rise to prominence, Ronaldo has been an advocate of various causes, ranging from the prevention of AIDS/HIV to slavery and human trafficking. Ronaldo was awarded the title of the most charitable athlete by’s campaign “AthletesGoneGood” in 2015. Ronaldo currently serves as an ambassador for Save the Children, UNICEF and World Vision. In a recent display of activism, on March 24, 2020, Ronaldo donated $1.08 million to 3 hospitals in Portugal, working to fight COVID-19 in the country.

He agreed to a pay-cut for the months of March through June, which has cost him about €3.8 million. He has also suggested that his national team squad donates half of their Euro qualification bonuses in support of efforts to help with the virus.

One of his most notable efforts includes selling one of his most important awards to fund a humanitarian effort. The Golden Boot, which is awarded to the top-scorer in Europe at the end of each season, was auctioned and raised more than one million Euros. The funds built multiple schools in Gaza. In 2017, he also did this with an award recognizing the best player of the year. These funds went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Overall, Cristiano Ronaldo’s charity work continues to be impactful during the pandemic and can serve as inspiration for countless other public figures. His background in poverty seems to have motivated the player to put in all this effort and will undoubtedly inspire further philanthropic efforts.

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