Off the field: Cristiano Ronaldo is the new Save the Children ambassador

    Christiano Ronaldo, superstar footballer, is now an ambassador for Save the Children. Photo by: Ludovic Péro / CC BY

    Real Madrid’s star football player will be taking his skills off the field to strike out against global child hunger and malnutrition.

    Cristiano Ronaldo is Save the Children U.K.’s new global artist ambassador. Under the new title, he will fight child hunger and obesity by promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity.

    “As a dad, I know it is important to give my two-year-old son a healthy life, right from the start, and I want to give all kids that same chance,” Ronaldo said in a news release.

    This is not the first time Ronaldo has collaborated with Save the Children. In 2011, the multi-awarded football star was the organization’s ambassador for its EVERYONE New Born and Child Survival Campaign.

    Ronaldo joins an illustrious and fast-growing group of sports celebrities who have taken up similar roles, including tennis player Anna Kournikova, who is one of several global ambassadors for PSI, the global health group, and David Beckham, the British footballer, who helps to promote UNICEF’s work.

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    About the author

    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.