Cristiano Ronaldo grew up in one of the poorest areas of Funchal; the capital of the tiny island Madeira. His father was a city gardener and his mother a cook. When he started playing soccer at the age of 9, his teammates made fun of him because his dad cleaned the locker rooms for a bit of extra money. Ronaldo certainly wasn’t stopped by the mockery; it made him train even harder.
At age eleven, Cristiano moved to Portugal by himself to joint he SCP. When he was fourteen, his dad became an alcoholic en his brother struggled with addiction. This too only made him work harder. His father died when Cristiano was just 20 and as a consequence, he refrains from drinking alcohol and he fully supports his brother.
Cristiano has helped many people, but his core demographic is the little ones. When he was asked to donate a shirt to raise funds for a vital operation for eleven months old Erik, he didn’t just donate a shirt; he paid for his full treatment!
Cristiano is with Real Madrid, but when he isn’t busy playing soccer, he tries to make the world a better place, little by little. Watch the inspiring video below.
In 2005 he visited young Martunis, an Indonesian tsunami survivor. He raised funds and paid for the education of the young survivor. Now, eleven years later, Martunis is signed by Cristiano’s old club; Sporting Lisbon. In order to raise money to help rebuild schools in Gaza, he donated his golden shoe for over 1.5 million euros.
“I’m not going to change the world, you are not going to change the world, but we can help. We can all help.” – Cristiano Ronaldo