Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has stepped in to rescue a kennel that houses 80 dogs from closure. The Cantinho da Lili kennel, which is located in Gouveia near Lisbon, Portugal, houses dogs that need expensive medical treatment upto £1,700 (INR 1,42,507 approx). As a result, the shelter was struggling with financial difficulties. One of the volunteers, 53-year-old Gloria Carvalho, had some distant links to Ronaldo and somehow managed to get across to him. Ronaldo then donated a signed jersey to help raise funds for the kennel.
Liliana Santos, owner of the shelter told Portuguese paper Correrio de Mahna: “I want to thank Ronaldo from the bottom of my heart and added, “It’s a simple gesture, but very important.”
Ronaldo is the highest-paid footballer in the world drawing in £365,000 per week at Spanish club Real Madrid. In 2015, he topped the list of World’s Most Charitable Athletes. He reportedly donated five million pounds to victims of Nepal’s devastating earthquake in 2015 and once gave 60,000 euros to pay for a 10-month-old boy’s brain surgery.