Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the greatest footballers to have ever graced the beautiful game. With his awe-inspiring caliber, Ronaldo has mesmerized fans and critics alike for almost the last two decades. The Portuguese icon has created and broken a plethora of records with staggering exploits season after season.
Ronaldo, the top scorer for Portugal (115) and Real Madrid (450), has claimed five Ballon d'Ors in his illustrious career along with countless notable honors. Undoubtedly, he is the greatest player in the UEFA Champions League (139) and remains the top scorer in the tournament's history. He has won the Champions League five times and is the only player to score in three finals.
In addition to his breathtaking qualities, Ronaldo is renowned for being one of the biggest big game players. More often than not, the forward shows up at crucial junctures of the game and singlehandedly decides the result of the match. Despite not getting any younger, Ronaldo remains a force of nature with extraterrestrial abilities.
Ronaldo boasts a huge fan following and many fans have had their moments with the players. On that note, let's take a look at
5 heartwarming incidents between Cristiano Ronaldo and fans
#5 Ronaldo defends a Japanese boy in front of a crowd
Cristiano Ronaldo, in an event, protected and defended a Japanese boy trying to speak Portuguese in front of a crowd. Lyota, a Japanese Ronaldo fan, was attempting to speak Portuguese to converse with the player
The Japanese fan wanted to tell how much he loves watching Ronaldo play but he was struggling with Portuguese. The Portuguese forward tried to help the boy but the crowd started laughing when Lyota fumbled during his speech.
Ronaldo was immediately seen defending the boy and asked the audience to be happy as the boy was really trying hard.
#4 Story of a Broken Arm
During a friendly against Bournemouth in 2013, one of Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark knuckleball free-kicks hit a 11-year-old boy and damaged his wrists.
Bournemouth fan Charlie Silverwood sat in the front row during the friendly match. Ronaldo's free-kick in the sixth minute left him with fractures in his arm.
The incident was quite spectacular because young Charlie would sit tight for the next 84 minutes. He endured Bournemouth's 6-0 defeat against Real Madrid.
Ronaldo showed his class when he sent the young fan a souvenir - a signed Real Madrid jersey - as an apology for the incident.
#3 Cristiano Ronaldo never forgets a kind gesture
Cristiano Ronaldo recollected the story in an interview with Piers Morgan in 2019 where three McDonald's workers gave him free burgers as a teenager.
The Portuguese icon revealed that he was often hungry as a teenager but had no money. This is why they would go in front of a McDonald's outlet outside the stadium in search of food.
Speaking to ITV, Ronaldo said:
"We were a little hungry. We had a McDonald’s next to the stadium, we knocked on the door and asked have you got any burgers. There was always Edna and two other girls. I never found them again."
The former Juventus star declared that he would love to invite them to dinner at his house if he were to find them.
“I asked people in Portugal, they closed the McDonalds, but if this interview can help find them, I would be so happy. I want to invite them to Turin or Lisbon to come have dinner with me because I want to give something back.”
This incident shows how the 36-year-old is kind to those who have helped him when times were tough.
#2 Ronaldo helped a Lebanese orphan who lost his parents
Haider, a boy from the Lebanese capital Beirut, was orphaned when his parents were killed due to suicide bombings.
Following the brutal attack in Beirut, photographs emerged of a young Real Madrid fan, Haider, who was seen donning Los Blancos' famous white jersey.
The three-year-old's dream came true when he was provided with an opportunity to meet Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese legend was seen comforting the boy during their meeting.
Real Madrid officially released a statement following Haider's tour of the Santiago Bernabeu.
"Following the brutal attack in the Lebanese capital last month, the story of Haider, photographed in a Real Madrid shirt after surviving the massacre, came to global attention. And, since then, the club had been ceaseless in its efforts to get in contact with him and arrange for his dream of meeting Cristiano and visiting the Bernabéu to be brought to life."
It again proves how Ronaldo is not just an incredible footballer but a man with a golden heart.
#1 Classy gesture on the pitch and helping with the treatment of young fans
There have been numerous heart-warming incidents involving Cristiano Ronaldo and pitch invaders. It is impossible to specify just one, because the Manchester United superstar has always had time for his fans. He even went on to protect his fans from security guards at times.
Ronaldo has always donated to aid in the treatment of young patients whenever he can. The stories of Erik Ortiz Cruz and Nuhuzet Guillen are famous, where the Portuguese paid for their full treatment after hearing their stories.