Cristiano Ronaldo has already proved extremely generous during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Juventus forward is helping to fund two intensive care units at the Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon.
However, the 35-year-old has not stopped there and has now ensured his international teammates have joined in the effort.
Speaking to Bleacher Report, Bernardo Silva has revealed that Ronaldo suggested the whole Portugal team donated their bonus for reaching Euro 2020 towards helping amateur clubs.
The Portugal Football Federation Federation has already created a fund to help teams outside of the professional game whose finances have been hit by the pandemic.
“Actually he was the one, two or three days ago, that gave us the idea to donate our bonus,” Silva said.
“So we qualified to the 2020 Euros, which now is in 2021.
“And he gave us the idea let’s donate part of our bonus, so I think our national team, our players will donate 50 percent of our qualifying bonus.”
The Portuguese Federation added in a statement:
“In this spirit of camaraderie between professional and non-professional football, we have decided, as a team, to give up part of our Euro 2020 qualification prize money.
“We have also decided, because we have not forgotten our own paths and all those who have generously helped us to make progress in our careers, that these amounts will be added to the support fund already created by the FPF (Portuguese federation) aimed mainly at players from non-professional competition clubs.”
Portugal qualified for Euro 2020 (now 2021) back in November with a 2-0 win away to Luxembourg, a game which saw Ronaldo net his 99th goal.
He’s now just one shy of Iran legend Ali Daei, the only player ever to score 100 goals for a national team.
It’s fantastic to see such a gesture at a time when clubs around the world – even professional ones – are fearing for their futures.
Ronaldo has shown great leadership by making the suggestion to his teammates, all of whom should be able to make the sacrifice as established international players.
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