An athlete with a reputation for ‘selfish’ play just made a very unselfish move.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest soccer players in the game’s storied history. And that’s not really up for dispute.
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The man is a true talent, known for his powerful leg and outstanding footwork that makes defenders look absolutely silly.
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The guy’s got moves, that’s for sure, but he’s also got a (sometimes not-so-great) reputation for being pretty “selfish.”
Who needs passing when you can do this? He’s the one taking the shot. GIF via JavierNathaniel/YouTube.
Given his knack for scoring, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that he hit the winning goal in the 2016 Champions League final.
Facing off against rival Atlético Madrid, Ronaldo clinched victory for Real Madrid when his turn came up during the decisive shootout. It’s the type of goal you could watch over and over, just admiring its beauty.
GOOOAAL! GIF via Highlights Football/YouTube.
And as a Champions League winner, Ronaldo was entitled to a 600,000-euro bonus. What he did with that money might come as a shock, though: He gave it away.
It’s not immediately clear where the roughly $675,000 donation went, but he reportedly instructed his agent prior to the game to donate the money on his behalf should they win.
How can someone with a reputation as being “selfish” and “self-absorbed” also be so unbelievably charitable? People are complex! Sometimes it’s good not to judge a book by its meticulously coiffed cover.
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Ronaldo has actually been one of the sports world’s top philanthropists during his career, having supported charities such as UNICEF, Save the Children, and World Vision. But people don’t talk about that side of him much.
The whole thing might have you as faked out as this defender. GIF via JavierNathaniel/YouTube.
Life is full of so much more than clear-cut, black-and-white situations. Realistically, most of us live in the gray between.
Maybe this is can be a lesson for all of us in not being so quick to make snap judgments.
So congratulations on your win, Ronaldo, and good on you for making such an impressive donation!
He’s the one taking the shot. GIF via JavierNathaniel/YouTube.
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