Yes, Athletes Gone Good, an actual program creating by DoSomething.org (helping the world suck less!) has ranked the Real Madrid star top in its caring stats. The website notes Ronaldo donated $83,000 to help a young fan in need of brain surgery and $165,000 to a cancer center in Portugal.
According to Forbes, Cristiano Ronaldo makes $79.5 million per year. $248,000 seems like the amount he’d find under his couch cushions.
The Athletes Gone Good website notes the winners are determined through a combination of votes from the public, an advisory committee, and the “athlete’s influence on social media.”
Yes, Ronaldo boasts 37.4 million Twitter followers. And here’s what he does with that influence:
A month ago, after tweeting about his first poker night with new chips and the importance of finding a Herbalife store in Australia, Ronaldo posted this:
Even if you’re following Cristiano, that may have been a bit difficult to find among the tweets about his haircuts and new smartphone keyboard. While Ronaldo probably does give more to charity than these two examples, until he’s creating his own charity and talking up important issues on his social feeds, he’s not really deserving of the “Most Caring Athlete” title.
Especially if he’s trying to eradicate biodiversity, as the website notes:
“Ronaldo has used his fame as a world star for various good causes, including trying to eradicate infant hunger, obesity, and biodiversity.”
Ronaldo’s social feeds do make the world “suck less,” as is DoSomething’s aim. But that’s because of posts like this one:
Let’s give the actual do-gooders some time in the spotlight instead. Let’s talk about Didier Drogba’s foundation opening five hospitals in his native Côte d’Ivoire. The Dirk Kuyt Foundation organizes sporting events for people with disabilities throughout the Netherlands. Nwankwo Kanu, former Nigeria captain, created his foundation to help Africans with cardiovascular problems, as he himself suffered from a heart defect. And even Ronaldo’s rival Leo Messi established his own foundation back in 2007, supporting children’s health and education programs.