3 Footballers Who Did Genuinely Nice Things

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Famous people messing up is what usually makes the most headlines. However, every once in a while a sweet story surfaces and reminds us of one thing: there are lots of pretty wholesome things happening every day. Star athletes are no exception! So instead of indulging in controversial gossip, let’s take look at the sweet things this bunch has done.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo


This particular athlete has been in the eye of many gossip hurricanes. Still, there‘s no denying that Ronaldo really does care about his fans and giving back to the community. In the video above, you can see a young Japanese fan struggling to speak to Cristiano in player‘s native Portuguese (starting at 6:59). As the crowd laughs, Ronaldo defends the boy – and just imagine how nerve-wracking it had to have been to come up here and speak to his idol!

Plus, this footballer is a known philanthropist, who has been involved with several causes throughout the years. He‘s raised funds in Indonesia after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Ronaldo has also paid for a Canarian boy‘s cancer treatment in 2012, and in the same year, he sold his golden booth to fund schools in Gaza. And that‘s just a few of them!

2. Luis Suarez

This is the player that will always be known for a particular incident involving an ear – however, it seems that off the pitch, he’s as sweet as can be. This Skype call with an Uruguayan Cancer patient is a living proof of that. Sure, chatting to a famous footballer unfortunately won’t make the boy any less sick. But it just might inspire him keep up the hope throughout the struggles of his illness, and that’s a good deed the way I see it.

That’s not a one-time thing, either. Suarez has been involved with the Urugayan foundation Scemini Pérez, and is an ambassador of this children’s cancer charity. So, he sent the Pereira Rossell hospital’s kids 500 baskets of gifts for Christmas! Even though Luis is not exactly beloved in some countries, his native Uruguay has seen the other – better – side of the player.

3. Isco

How many fans does a player like Isco meet in one signing? Quite a few, I‘d presume, but this sweet incident shows that he really is paying attention. A girl with deaf parents asked him to sign I love you after he scores – and sure enough, you can see that he both scored and kept his end of the promise. Now that‘s a gesture she won‘t forget!

Isco is also an ambassador for Plan International, an organisation protecting children‘s rights and fighting to end child poverty. Together, they launched a campaign called Break the Wall to raise awareness and fight discrimination. The footballer has also helped raised funds for Cancer Council Victoria. After Hume City‘s vice captain lost his dad, he started donating to this charity after every game, every clean sheet, and every goal he scored. Shane Rexhepi was deeply touched by the star‘s participation – and here‘s hoping we see more of that in football.