Few people know the softer side of Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as his dedication to solidarity work. For example, in 2015 Ronaldo was named the most supportive athlete in the world. Some of his acts include the auction of his 2013 Ballon d'Or for $ 775,000 to donate the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish foundation, finance the construction of a pediatric hospital in Chile, and even pay for a fan's cancer treatment. 9 years.
While his outward appearance may fit all the cliches of a self-obsessed footballer - hairstyle, fancy cars and designer clothes - there is one detail that is striking: Ronaldo's body is not covered in tattoos. Stand out in a sport where these are very popular with players. But why has the superstar chosen not to touch his body?
In an interview with the Italian media Diretta, Ronaldo explains: "I don't have tattoos so I can donate blood more often". Although people with tattoos can donate blood, they can only do so four months after getting a new one, according to the Red Cross because of the risk of infection. The same rule also applies to piercings or permanent makeup.
Ronaldo first decided to donate blood when the son of his Portuguese teammate Carlos Martins fell ill with leukemia in 2011. The boy, then three years old, was diagnosed with a very rare type of blood disease. Cristiano Ronaldo is also registered as a bone marrow donor.
"I did it many years ago and if I had to do it again, I would, because it is a very serious disease for many children and we need to help them ... It is a simple process and then you feel happy because you know that you are helping another person", he concluded.