Cristiano Ronaldo has donated €7 million to Save The Children to help earthquake-relief efforts in Nepal. He donated this amount because he wears No. 7 for his club Real Madrid and country Portugal.
He also took to his Twitter social media account to encourage others to give what they can.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) April 28, 2015
Nobody can question that what Ronaldo has done is an admirable thing to do. You often hear people mention that he earns so much money that of course he should give money to charity. Whilst this is true, I would imagine there are a number high earners who don’t give so generously and therefore I think he deserves some credit for what he has done.
On a slightly tangent note, what I find quite interesting is the following extract from the article about this in The Independent.
Ronaldo is thought to be the world’s second-highest paid athlete, with Forbes estimating that he makes $28million (£17million) in endorsements, and $52million (£33million) in salary and winnings.
He has a history of generosity, having donated money to help rebuild Aceh, Indonesia, after the 2004 tsunami and earthquake. In 2014, Ronaldo was asked to donate items to help raise $83,000 (£52,000) to pay for an operation for a 10-month-old baby. He donated a shirt and boots, and payed for the operation on top of it.
We live in a world where someone can earn a salary of £33million pounds a year + £17million in bonuses – totaling £50million a year at the same time a child could die if their parents can’t raise £52,000 for an operation. How can this contrast exist?