It might be time to start talking about Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the nicest men in football.
His actions during and after Saturday’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid have gone a long way to improving the Real Madrid star’s reputation from a narcissistic person to a kindhearted one.
After lifting the big-eared trophy with his teammates, Ronaldo halted his celebrations to pose for photos with handicapped fans. He was also caught consoling Antoine Griezmann as the Atleti man trudged off the pitch.
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Now, reports are emerging that Ronaldo donated his €600,000 bonus to charity, with The Sun also tweeting the story. According to Spanish journalist Pipi Estrada - per 101GreatGoals - he has instructed his agent Jorge Mendes to give the money to an NGO.
To the Portuguese star, €600,000 is absolutely nothing. Forbes had his earnings in 2015 through his salary, winnings and endorsements at $79.5 million.
But it’s still a lovely gesture. Props to you, Ronaldo.
Third Champions League win
The 31-year-old scored the winning penalty to clinch his third Champions League winners medal. Despite not enjoying a great game, Ronaldo still managed to grab all the headlines.
He scored 51 goals in 48 games for Los Blancos this season, proving that, despite his advancing years, he still has a few more years left as one of the game’s elite players.
There are many who have had an effect on Ronaldo’s progression from Sporting Lisbon to becoming a three-time winner of the Ballon d’Or.
Among those is former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who Ronaldo has credited as being his footballing father.
And former Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who handed Ronaldo his international debut, believes Luis Figo also had a huge influence on the winger’s career.
"Of all the players I coached while at Portugal, there was one that was especially important for Cristiano Ronaldo, that was Luis Figo," Scolari told Omnisport, per Goal.com
"When Ronaldo started with the national team, the first one to help him was Figo. He was the first player to challenge Ronaldo to dribble and shoot, to score goals, to play his own game, to keep working all the time and become a better footballer.
"Figo took a position, saying 'My son, try again, keep trying. If you see the situation is difficult, I will give you a hand, and if you make a mistake I have everything ready, so calm down, but you have to try'."
Ronaldo has turned into quite the player. He’s also a brilliant person.