Ronaldo and Mendes donate €1m to fight Coronavirus

Tanya Simon
March 26, 2020

The pair's donation will go towards buying crucial equipment for ICUs at Lisbon's Santa Maria Hospital and the Santo Antonio hospital in Porto.

The chairman of the board of directors of the Santa Maria hospital confirmed the donation, with the hospital of Santo Antonio later announcing the support from Ronaldo and Mendes.

"These units, called UCI Jorge Mendes and UCI Cristiano Ronaldo, after the COVID-19 [pandemic is over] will be converted and will remain as a reinforcement of intensive care medicine, which had 31 beds before the new coronavirus pandemic, increasing its capacity to 51 beds".

Ronaldo himself is now isolating on his home island of Madeira after several of his Juventus teammates contracted COVID-19.

The two new wings at CHULN will be named after Ronaldo and Mendes. Another two units with 10 beds each will be set up in Lisbon.

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Former Manchester United manager Luis Nani has jokingly said he taught Cristiano Ronaldo a lot during their time with the youth team.

Media reports said Ronaldo and Mendes are contributing more than 1 million euros (NZ $1.86m) for the three units. "There are fans, monitors, infusion pumps, beds, all the equipment that makes up an intensive care unit equipped to provide assistance to a patient infected with COVID-19".

Meanwhile, the wing at the CHUP will allow for the opening of 15 intensive care beds, fully equipped.

He was visiting his mother, who is recovering from a stroke, when he was placed in confinement after Juve team-mate Daniele Rugani tested positive.

As of March 24, Portugal had 2,060 confirmed coronavirus cases with 23 deaths.

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