Cristiano Ronaldo Behind Portugal Squad Donating 50% Of Bonus To Fight Coronavirus
Many consider football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) for several reasons and his generous heart is one of such reasons.
One of Ronaldo’s teammates Bernardo Silva has disclosed that Ronaldo is responsible for the Portugal squad donating 50% of their qualification bonus for Euro 2020 to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
The team received the bonus as a result of their success in reaching the tournament, which was due to be played this summer. It will now take place next year as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Silva made the revelation that it was Ronaldo’s idea during an interview with Bleacher Report.
When asked how Ronaldo behaved on WhatsApp, after Silva’s teammate Kyle Walker said he sometimes deletes the midfielder from group chats, Silva said:
“He’s more calm. Actually he was the one, two or three days ago, that gave us the idea to donate our bonus. 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.
And yeah, he’s been very active sending us messages, but not kicking people out like Kyle
That bonus will go to the fund created by the Portugal Football Federation Federation to help non-professional clubs stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Portuguese Federation later confirmed the donations in a statement saying:
“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.”