Ronaldo tops most charitable stars list

Cristiano Ronaldo, Serena Williams and Neymar are among the sports stars that have been voted as the world's most charitable athletes.

In a poll conducted by dosomething.org, an organistaion that promotes social change, the Real Madrid ace topped the 'Athletes Gone Good' list of sports stars based on the methodology of "(1) Votes and nominations from the public (2) Athlete’s influence on social media and (3) Advice from the Athletes Gone Good Advisory Committee."

Ronaldo is well known for his generosity, and has donated millions of dollars to various charities, while also being involved in projects with charities that include Save the Children, UNICEF, Aid Still Required, and World Vision.

"(Ronaldo) raised money for various causes including donating more than $83,000 to a 10-year-old fan in need of brain surgery and giving more than $165,000 to fund a cancer centre in Portugal that treated his mother," Dosomething.org said in a statement.

"Ronaldo has also used his fame as a global spokesperson for a variety of causes including childhood hunger, obesity and biodiversity."

Speaking in 2013, Ronaldo said that his desire to help others was down to some words of wisdom imparted by his father.

"My father always taught me that when you help other people, then God will give you double," he said.

"And that's what has really happened to me. When I have helped other people who are in need, God has helped me more.”

Athletes Gone Good: Sport's most charitable stars

1) Cristiano Ronaldo – Football
2) John Cena – WWE wrestling
3) Serena Williams – Tennis
4) Yuna Tim – Figure skater
5) Neymar – Football
6) LeBron James – Basketball
7) Heather O'Reilley – Football
8) Maria Sharapova – Tennis
9) Mo'ne Davis – Baseball
10) Richard Sherman – American football
11) Charlie White/Meryl Davis – Figure skater
12) Dan Carter – Rugby
13) Roman Reigns – WWE wrestling
14) Ronda Rousey – Judo
15) Lindsey Vonn – Skier
16) Tom Daley – Diver
17) Bethany Hanmilton – Surfer
18) Saina Nehwal – Badminton
19) Paul Rabil – Lacrosse player
20) Shahid Afridi – Cricket

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