Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly donated $1.5 million to help feed fasting people of Palestine and Gaza strip during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
As being reported this donation by the Juventus star striker is intended as a gesture of solidarity and to lessen the pain felt by Palestinians, especially in the Gaza Strip.
The people suffer for the basic food commodities there has been a persistent blockade of land, sea and air access imposed by Israel, which greatly impacted the quality of life of the people living in the Gaza Strip.
This is not the first time; the Juventus striker has been previously associated with helping the Palestinian people in need. Though his humanitarian gesture towards Palestine is not highlight by the traditional media.
The social media has been quick to respond to this development; messages are pouring in thanking the international football star.
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— Saad Mohseni (@saadmohseni) May 17, 2019
— Khaleed Aleeyou (@Skiilzjr) May 15, 2019
— Shariq Roshan (@Shariq_Roshan) May 18, 2019
@Cristiano , I'm your fan from Indonesia, we are here thanking(allhmdulilah) you for your kindness to Palestine
we pray that miracles can bring you to be our brother
— ｋｉｋｉ ｓｅｔｉａｗａｎ (@kiki_set_) May 17, 2019
It was earlier in November 2012 when Ronaldo put his European Golden Boot trophy up for auction and donated the $1.5 million generated from the auction to help the construction of a number of schools in Gaza.
At the end of the match between Portugal and Israel for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, in March 2013, Ronaldo refused to exchange his shirt with an Israeli player. Though he shook hands but excused himself from the exchange by explaining that he could not wear a shirt with that country’s flag, was later reported by the press.
A 5-year-old boy, Ahmad Daubasha, 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.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a philanthropist who has donated significant sums to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Red Cross and works as an ambassador for major charities Save The Children, UNICEF and World Vision.