Off the field Ronaldo was giving a fan suffering from cancer a day to remember, giving him two tickets to the VIP box to catch the game.
Ronaldo's second goal celebration, in which he gave a thumbs-up, also appears to have been for the boy.
101 Great Goals report:
According to reports, Cristiano heard about the fan’s story and sent him a signed photo to his house. Later Ronaldo called him personally to invite him to the Real Madrid v Celta match.
The boy, who suffers from cancer, was also the recipient of a thumbs-up goal celebration after Ronaldo put Real 2-0 up in the match.
The boy was understandably delighted by the events at the Bernabeu—if you speak Spanish you can see the story of the day unfold in the video on the right-hand side of the page.
In quotes again translated on 101 Great Goals:
It was a dream come true for me and the truth is, I’m endlessly thankful for what he has done. It’s something very emotional for me, because I never thought it would happen to me. I was in the VIP box with all his family, and with his son who’s a very intelligent little boy, very friendly and polite and very handsome as well. It was incredible.
It's not the first act of kindness from Ronaldo toward a fan this season—he also took the time to write in defence of a fan who had invaded the pitch during a pre-season friendly, and his letter helped see charges against the fan dropped in the United States.
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