Rabat - Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo ranked on the top of list of the 20 Most Charitable Athletes in the World, issued by the "Do Something" charity organization.
Rabat – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo ranked on the top of list of the 20 Most Charitable Athletes in the World, issued by the “Do Something” charity organization.
Cristiano Ronaldo came at top of the list, beating out John Cena (No. 2), Neymar (No. 5) and Maria Sharapova (No. 8).
The report noted that the Portuguese international won the award for “going above and beyond on the field and in his charity work.”
He once donated $83,000 to pay for a child’s brain surgery and used $165,000 to fund a Portuguese cancer center, among a laundry list of good-guy gestures.
Ronaldo has also used his fame as a global spokesperson for a variety of causes, including childhood hunger, obesity, and biodiversity, the charity organization said.
Famous US wrestler John Cena landed second on the list for granting nearly 500 wishes with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, followed by US tennis player Serena Williams, who supported the 1 in 11 campaign to support access to education this year.
FC Barcelona’s star Neymar came in fifth place for his participation in FIFA’s 11 Against Ebola campaign, after South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim, who came fourth for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador.
Surprisingly, Argentina’s superstar Leonel Messi did not make the list, although he has led many charitable campaigns.
The most recent initiative was this past weekend, when he participated in an event in Argentina called “A sun for the kids,” in which he donated nearly half a million dollars, according to Argentine TV station TN.
The Do Something organization said the athletes were selected using a three-part methodology: votes and nominations from the public, the athlete’s influence on social media, and advice from the Athletes Gone Good Advisory Committee.
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