Cristiano Ronaldo donate €100,000 to Afghan landmine victims
By Mirwais Adeel - Fri Feb 15 2013, 3:07 pm
According to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) officials Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is donating 100,000 euros ($134,600) on behalf of UEFA to help rehabilitate Afghans who have lost limbs, mostly landmine victims.
ICRC officials further added that the Real Madrid and Portugal forward – who has featured a record seven times in the uefa.com user’s poll for Team of the Year – has contributed to the ICRC’s network of seven orthopedic centers in Afghanistan for the second time.
Ronaldo, who was to present the check before kick-off in Madrid on Wednesday night ahead of the Champion’s League match against his former team Manchester United said, “For me it’s a great honor to be able to help others, and it makes me extremely happy to do so.”
He donated a similar amount in 2008 to the ICRC on behalf of UEFA and more than 90,000 mine victims and other disabled people in the war-torn country since 1988.
Argentina and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who won his fourth successive Ballon d’Or last month, edging out Ronaldo, as well as Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol have also donated their UEFA awards to the ICRC program.