- Cristiano Ronaldo has made donations to players plying their trade in the lower league in Portugal that will not get paid
- The Portuguese captain and his international teammates donated their qualification bonus for Euro 2020
- Portugal will have to defend their title in 2021 due to the global pandemic
Cristiano Ronaldo is donating money to players in the lower leagues in Portugal that will not get paid amid the pandemic.
According to Asso, the Portuguese captain led his international teammates to give their Euro 2020 qualification bonuses to the players.
Portugal would have to remain champions for another year for them to defend their title due to the global pandemic.
And Manchester City star Bernardo Silva was first to reveal Ronaldo's idea of helping players who do not have a professional contract yet in their homeland.
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"He gave us the idea let's donate part of our bonus, so I think our national team, our players will donate 50 per cent of our qualifying bonus."
The Portuguese Federation spoke on the generosity of its players and club, saying: "In the spirit of the camaraderie between professional and non-professional football, we have decided, as a team, to give up part of our Euro 2020 qualification prize money.
"We have also decided, because we have not forgotten about our own paths and all those who have generously helped us to make progress in our careers, that these amounts will be added to the support fund already created by the FPF aimed mainly at players from non-professional competition clubs."
Joao Mario also said that the lengths Ronaldo is going through to make sure others - including healthcare workers and semi-pro footballers - can survive.
He said: "It’s a bad situation for everyone, but in these kinds of situations, it’s worse.
"They really need our help so I’m trying to give them my support.
"Cristiano presented us an initiative for us all to help especially those players that are struggling, that do not have professional contracts.
"He is always trying to give the example, not just with us, but also by himself.
"We can see how much he is doing now with this situation for Portugal. So, for us as teammates, it is great to see what he is trying to do."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been unable to travel to Italy from his base in Madeira as reports claim he got stuck.
The Juventus striker is expected to return to his club after spending several weeks with his family in his hometown.
But according to Portuguese news media outlet TVI, his £30million private jet has been grounded in Madrid.
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