Bernardo Silva has revealed that Ronaldo urged all members of the Portugal national team to donate half of their bonus for qualifying for the Euro 2020 to help in the fight against coronavirus.
Europe’s most prestigious national football team competition has been postponed to the summer of 2021 following the continued spread of the dreaded coronavirus. Sports men across the globe have been doing their bit to help fight the dreaded pandemic and the entire Portugal squad was made to donate 50 percent of their bonus to the cause.
Ronaldo and his team-mates will be at the competition next year and Silva disclosed that the Juventus striker was responsible for the generous gesture being made by him and his team-mates.
Man City playmaker Silva, 25, in his recent chat with Bleacher Report also explained that the former Real Madrid talisman is more calm, describing how he behaved on WhatsApp after Kyle Walker said he sometimes deletes his team-mate from group chats.
He's more calm. Actually he was the one, two or three days ago, that gave us the idea to donate our bonus,” Silva said about Ronaldo. "So we qualified to the 2020 Euros, which now is in 2021. And he gave us the idea let's donate part of our bonus. “So I think our national team, our players will donate 50 percent of our qualifying bonus. "And yeah, he's been very active sending us messages, but not kicking people out like Kyle." The funds made available by the Portuguese players will go directly to Portugal Football Federation to help non-professional clubs stay afloat during the pandemic.
The Juventus striker’s agent Mendes has made a donated heavily by purchasing vital medical items for the Sao Joao hospital in Portugal. It was reported that the super-agent bought 200,000 gowns and three ventilators for the hospital located in the Portuguese capital Porto. The country’s National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) field tent was specially set up at the location to help fight the dreaded disease.
The donation is expected to be used in treating coronavirus patients as well as support those that might have been affected one way or the other due to the lockdown.