Cristiano Ronaldo helps fund intensive care units for coronavirus patients in Portugal

  • Kat Lucas

Although football is on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve seen plenty of philanthropic acts from those within the game as the world comes together to tackle the pandemic.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville have both offered to provide accommodation for NHS staff.

A host of other top players have also made significant financial donations and Cristiano Ronaldo has now joined them, along with Jorge Mendes.

The Juventus forward and his agent will finance three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in their native Portugal.

Daniel Ferro, president of Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon, is quoted by the Daily Mail:

“We were contacted by Jorge Mendes, who volunteered with Cristiano Ronaldo to finance two intensive care units for critical patients suffering from COVID-19.

“There are fans, monitors, infusion pumps, beds … all the equipment that constitutes an intensive care unit equipped to provide care to a COVID-19 patient.”

Their donation amounts to over £1million.

Per the same report, Mendes has also financed 1,000 masks, 200,000 protective gowns for the Sao Joao hospital in Porto and will distribute another eight ventilators to other hospitals.

With Serie A suspended, Ronaldo has been in quarantine in Madeira during the break.

Juventus have been on high alert after Daniele Rugani and Paulo Dybala both tested positive for the illness.

Since then, it’s been confirmed that Ronaldo himself is not suffering from the virus having been in contact with both players in recent weeks.

It’s great to see the 35-year-old, and Mendes too, reaching out to make a considerable gesture as football plays its part in tackling the crisis.

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