Cristiano Ronaldo might remain the icon of millions of people worldwide but he did not part ways with £5 million to help victims of the Nepal earthquake disaster.
That’s according to charity organisation Save the Children, whom Ronaldo is a global ambassador for, who have refuted claims made last week that the Real Madrid star put forward the incredible aforementioned sum in a bid to help people still suffering as a result of one of the worst natural catastrophes in recent memory.
No £5m offer
Reports said to originate from French source So Foot, suggesting that Ronaldo had contributed €7m (£5m) to charity, swept the internet quickly, with people hailing the Portuguese forward for using his bank balance to speak louder than any words or calls to action ever could.
However, whilst the 30-year-old is a well known philanthropist and regularly donates to charity, Save the Children have set the record straight.
"The global ambassador for Save the Children, Cristiano Ronaldo, has used his voice and his global visibility to raise awareness of the problems faced by the most vulnerable children around the world, including those affected by the earthquake in Nepal," the statement read, as per The Independent.
"The latest information on the donation of Cristiano Ronaldo to the emergency response of Save the Children in Nepal is false. After the second earthquake, which has brought further devastation to the country, the NGO wants to thank Cristiano Ronaldo and other influential people for their support in publicising the situation facing children and families in Nepal."
Recognised as one of the most popular athletes on the planet Ronaldo boasts over 100 million Facebook fans, as well as some 35.5 million people following him on Twitter.
A much-loved man
To have such an audience makes the former Manchester United hero an ideal individual when it comes to promoting awareness of global issues, and by all accounts he accepts that responsibility readily.
That said he still remains a largely polarising character in the world of football, with many people hitting out at his recent displays of public frustration when things don’t go his way on the pitch.
The best ever?
Refusing to celebrate goals scored by teammates, seemingly kicking out in anger when balls aren’t passed to him and looking to steal the limelight at every turn are the more recent accusations levelled at the reigning Ballon d’Or champion, and at a time when Lionel Messi is back to his absolute best that can’t be swallowed easily.
Indeed Ronaldo’s diminutive arch-rival is dangerously close to establishing a visible lead in the race for the title of who the fans believe is the best player of all time. To date the pair have been essentially inseparable, only being bested by each other when it comes to shattering records and leaving fans slack-jawed in amazement.
Football fans, do you think Cristiano Ronaldo deserves a place in football’s all-time Hall of Fame? Is he perhaps even the best ever? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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