In a heart-warming gesture, Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has raised £600,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation charity by donating his second Ballon d’Or trophy. Ronaldo had won the trophy back in 2013 after beating Argentina’s Lionel Messi. He also went on to win the coveted trophy in 2014 and 2016.
Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted a gala event at London’s Dorchester hotel on Sunday to announce this. Portugal star’s agent was also present at the event to make a presentation. Patron for Make-A Wish foundation, Batia Ofer showered praises upon Ronaldo and said receiving donation of this prestige is unprecedented.
“Ronaldo’s generosity is extraordinary and I am overwhelmed by the amount of money raised to help grant wishes for children fighting life-threatening conditions,” he said. According to reports, the trophy donated was an exact replica of Ronaldo’s Ballon D’Or trophy and the original one continues to grace his personal museum on his home island of Medeira.
Ronaldo has been a long-term supporter of Make-A-Wish Foundation and has donated funds for the same in the past as well. The charity grants wishes to kids with life-threatening or terminally ill medical conditions. The 32-year-old footballer has worked with organisations such as Save the Children, Unicef, World Vision among others. He reportedly donated £5m after a massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people in 2015. The Portuguese international was named as the most charitable sportsperson in 2015 after he topped the Athletes Gone Good list of 20 stars.
On the football front, Ronaldo’s club Real Madrid are currently placed at fifth position in La Liga standings with four wins, two draws and one loss in seven matches. They will now take on Getafe CF on October 14 in their next league encounter. Barcelona, who are yet to lose a match are currently on top, followed by Sevilla.