Portuguese footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, donated US$1.5 million to the people of Palestine during the backdrop of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to the teleSur news agency and other sources.
The donation by the Juventus star striker is intended as a gesture of solidarity and to alleviate the pain felt by Palestinians, especially in the Gaza Strip where the relentless blockade of land, sea and air access imposed by Israel has greatly impacted the quality of life of its people.
According to some reports Cristiano Ronaldo has donated 1.5 Million for Iftar Meals in Palestine.
Respect. ❤ pic.twitter.com/yXBMJYW8mn
— TeamCRonaldo Fans (@TeamCRonaldo) May 15, 2019
Although sports media rarely highlights this facet of the soccer star, Ronaldo has always been close to the Palestinian cause, publicly rejecting the illegal and genocidal incursions of the Israeli regime on several occasions.
In November 2012, while Gaza was being blanketed with bombs by Israel in their Operation Pillar of Defense, Ronaldo auctioned off his Golden Boot, the prestigious award given to the best European strikers of the season, to raise funds that were later donated to the Palestinian children.
@Cristiano donated 1.5 million euros to feed the Muslims in Palestine for their iftar (ramadan meals). ✊🏼
He’s not a Muslim but he cares for humanity. How could you hate him. pic.twitter.com/vx6q2M6sXE
— Abdifatah 🥀 (@Sidowz) May 16, 2019
— Sarah Wilkinson (@swilkinsonbc) May 16, 2019
The following year, in March 2013, at the end of the match between Portugal and Israel for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, he refused to exchange his shirt with an Israeli player. Although he shook hands, he excused himself by explaining that he could not wear a shirt with that country’s flag, as reported in the press.
Ahmad Dawabsheh, a 5-year-old boy who was the only survivor of a Palestinian family attacked by Israeli settlers, was received by Ronaldo in 2016 at the Real Madrid training center where he photographed himself with the boy and gave him a shirt dedicated especially to him.
(TeleSur, PC, Social Media)