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Cristiano Ronaldo tops list of world’s most charitable sports stars

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Real Madrid star beats Serena Williams, Neymar, LeBron James and Dan Carter to title of world’s most charitable sports star

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the world’s most charitable sports star, having donated millions of pounds of his fortune to worthy causes.
The 30-year-old Portuguese star was named by Dosomething.org as the most charitable sportsperson, topping the Athletes Gone Good list of 20 stars.

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WWE superstar John Cena came second, Serena Williams was third, while Brazil’s football captain, Neymar, was fifth in the list.
“(Ronaldo) raised money for various causes including donating more than $83,000 to a 10-year-old fan in need of brain surgery and giving more than $165,000 to fund a cancer centre in Portugal that treated his mother,” Dosomething.org said.

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“Ronaldo has also used his fame as a global spokesperson for a variety of causes including childhood hunger, obesity and biodiversity.”
The Real Madrid striker earns an estimated £230,000 a week salary, excluding endorsements and other deals.
In May, Ronaldo reportedly donated £5 million to help the aid effort in Nepal following the devastating earthquake.

The Portuguese star has a history of being charitable. In 2004, he flew to the aid of Indonesian tsunami victims after he saw footage of a young man wearing a Portugal shirt with his name on the back.
“My father always taught me that when you help other people, then God will give you double,” Ronaldo said in 2013. “And that’s what has really happened to me. When I have helped other people who are in need, God has helped me more.”

Athletes Gone Good: sport’s most charitable stars

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. John Cena
  3. Serena Wiliams
  4. Yuna Kim
  5. Neymar
  6. Lebron James
  7. Heather O’Reilly
  8. Maria Sharapova
  9. Mo’ne Davis
  10. Richard Sherman
  11. Charlie White and Meryl Davis
  12. Dan Carter
  13. Roman Reigns
  14. Ronda Ronsey
  15. Lindsey Vonn
  16. Tom Daley
  17. Bethany Hamilton
  18. Saina Nehwal
  19. Paul Rabil
  20. Shahid Afridi

Source: The Telegraph

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