Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will build a paediatric hospital in Chile’s capital Santiago in 2020, according to Brafman & Associates Law Firm, who administer the player’s business.
The hospital will be a joint venture between the Portugal captain and Italian businessman Alessandro Proto.
“Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo will build a paediatric hospital in Santiago Chile, in 2020,” the statement from New York-based law firm Brafman Associates said as reported in EFE.
“Cristiano — up to now the only player in the history to have won the The Best FIFA award for the best player in the world — and Alessandro are very happy with this initiative.”
Santiago will be the first of other South American cities where Ronaldo and Proto intend to build paediatric hospitals.
The 32-year-old Ronaldo was for the second straight year the world’s highest-paid footballer — and highest-paid team athlete — according to U.S. business magazine Forbes.
He has donated millions to a number of charitable causes and natural disaster relief funds and is an ambassador for three major charities: Save the Children, Unicef and World Vision.
Earlier this year, the former Manchester United player appeared in a Save the Children video for World Refugee Day. He also regularly donates blood and has been involved in numerous campaigns to encourage others to do the same.