Cristiano Ronaldo Donates $83,000 to Pay for Sick Child's Operation

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterMarch 13, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 09:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid smiles during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Levante UD at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on March 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo went the extra mile with a wonderful gesture, paying for an operation for a young child with a neurological disorder.

The Portuguese footballer was asked to auction a pair of boots or similar in order to help meet the cost of surgery and care for Erik Ortiz Cruz, which was expected to run to around £55,000.

#ayudemosaErik @CasillasWorld VAMOS A POR ELLO! TODOS LOS CONSEGUIREMOS! @TodoSomosErik

— Erik Ortiz Cruz (@TodoSomosErik) February 21, 2014

Instead, according to the Daily Mail, Ronaldo simply footed the bill:

Erik Ortiz Cruz suffers up to 30 epileptic fits a day and surgery is the only solution to his condition. 

The boy's family have been unable to meet massive hospital bills with each test carried out costing around £5,020 (6,000 euros) and surgery likely to run to £50,240 (60,000 euros).

The Real Madrid forward has been linked with several acts of kindness in recent times, so this is not a one-off.

After winning the Ballon d'Or earlier in the year, the same report mentions that he honoured a promise to celebrate with a group of young children suffering with leukaemia.

This season, Ronaldo also took time out to plead for a pitch invader in America to be spared a jail term.

The charges against the young fan were dropped. 

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