Cristiano Ronaldo has offered financial support to his native Madeira following a series of devastating wildfires on the island.
The Real Madrid striker, who was born in the capital Funchal, made the offer via a telephone call to President Miguel Albuquerque this week following the wildfires, which have so far killed three people and destroyed over 150 homes.
Reports in Portugal did not disclose how much Ronaldo had pledged, but after his conversation with Albuquerque he posted a message on his Facebook page revealing his heartbreak.
“It is with an aching heart that I’m seeing what is happening in Madeira and other parts of the country.
“My support goes out with a thank you to all the firefighters who are bravely risking their lives to save so many others. I am with you,” it read.
The biggest fire on Madeira – the largest island in an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean that lies about 580 kilometres off the Moroccan coast and about 970 kilometres southwest of Lisbon – broke out last Monday and rapidly spread to the outskirts of Funchal, home to a population of 110,000.