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VIDEO: Ronaldo takes on ice bucket challenge

Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo has joined other global celebrities in the 'Ice Bucket Challenge', a social media craze aimed at raising awareness for a serious motor neuron disease.

VIDEO: Ronaldo takes on ice bucket challenge
The next celebrities to have to step up to the ice bucket challenge or pay an €100 donation are Ronaldo’s nominee’s Beyoncé, Jennifer López and Lil’ Wayne. Photo: YouTube/Cristiano Ronaldo

CR7, as he is known to his fans, was nominated by former Manchester United team mate Darren Fletcher.

The Portuguese star accepted, and as you will see below, he endured the ice-bucket challenge with relative composure.

Ronaldo is the latest big name to join in a craze started by 27-year-old former college baseball player Pete Frates, who for the past two years has suffered from amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

A neurodegenerative disease which causes muscle atrophy, difficulty with speaking and breathing, ALS has gained huge global awareness since Bill Clinton, Taylor Swift and LeBron James followed in Frates’s footsteps and posted videos of themselves being drenched in a bucketful of icy water.

The activity has gone viral on social media over the past two months, the American ALS reporting an eightfold increase in donations (€10M-$13.3M) last July compared to a year ago.

The next celebrities to have to step up to the ice bucket challenge or pay an €100 donation are Ronaldo’s nominee’s Beyoncé, Jennifer López and Lil’ Wayne.  

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Ronaldo presents fifth Ballon d’Or to Bernabeu

Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or to an adoring Santiago Bernabeu before Real Madrid's clash with Sevilla on Saturday.

Ronaldo presents fifth Ballon d'Or to Bernabeu
Photo: AFP

Ronaldo pulled level on Thursday with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi as the only two men to have won the annual award for the best player in the world five times.

It is the fourth time in five years Ronaldo has beaten Messi to the prize. This time he did it on the back of Madrid's feat of becoming the first side to retain the Champions League since 1990.

And the 85,000 crowd at the Bernabeu serenaded the Portuguese with chants of “Cristiano, Ballon d'Or” as he posed for photos with all five of his golden ball trophies.

A total of seven Madrid players were included in the top 30 for the prestigious award handed out by France Football magazine.

However, Real had to cope on Saturday without suspended captain Sergio Ramos, who came sixth in the voting, among a host of defensive absences as they strove to move to within five points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

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