After wildfires devastated his native Madeira, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has offered to contribute financial aid to help the victims, with the forward calling the head of the regional government Miguel Albuquerque to pledge his support.
There is speculation that the blaze, which started outside the capital, may have been started intentionally and the wind had seen it spread rapidly.
Three people have died so far and and more than 300 have been injured, and it now threatens the historic districts of Funchal.
The national government in Lisbon said on Tuesday that they would be assisting their regional counterparts.
Ronaldo has already revealed his pain at having witness this latest disaster, and he praised all of those people who are willing to help out during the tragic situation.
“It is with an aching heart that I’m seeing what’s happening in Madeira and other parts of the country,” read a post on his official Facebook page.
“My support goes out with a thank you to all those firefighters who are bravely risking their lives to save so many others. I am with you.”-Yahoo Sports
I grew up, and still am an avid Arsenal fan. Even though I cheered for the North London club, I did have a Ronaldo Manchester United kit. He was simply one of my favourite players. As he made the switch to Real Madrid and La Liga, I got to watch Ronaldo less and less because games were seldom televised. In fact, only Champions League matches would be shown on TV.
Before I start rambling on even more, I just wanted to share how big of a humanitarian Ronaldo really is. If there is one athlete that gives back in this world, it is CR7. He is always donating money to various charities, giving away his bonuses from winning various competitions and awards. Google anything to do with charity work and Ronaldo’s name will appear more than once, I can guarantee you that.
He may play in Spain now, and even though it is not geographically far from Portugal, Ronaldo always gives back to his country.
Ronaldo will always go the distance to make a fans dream come true, as the video below proves.
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.