In an interview with Spanish radio station, Cadena Cope’s, ‘El Partido de las 12’ programme, Cristiano spoke about his impressive performance against Sweden to send Portugal to the World Cup and being in the best form of his career, but was joined by children battling leukemia and Cristiano, a bone marrow donor, answered questions from the children as well.
“Yes I’m in the best moment both personally and in terms of the club and Portugal, everthing’s going well.
“The Portuguese are very easy going. I don’t think I’d be mobbed if I was there. The people are very happy. Portugal is going through a very difficult time, like Spain, but Portugal a bit worse and in those two hours in those two games brought a lot of joy to the people.”
Cristiano then spoke about being a bone marrow donor and donating to his former Portuguese national teammate, Carlos Martins’ son.
“I’ve [been a bone marrow donor] for several years. It was the time when Carlos was with us on the national team. He told us about the problem with his son and we, the players, showed great unity to help him and his son because we knew it was a delicate situation. [Donating bone marrow] is something a lot of people think is a difficult thing to do but it’s nothing more than drawing blood and doesn’t hurt. I did it many years ago and if I had to do it against I would because it doesn’t hurt, I have no problems and it can help a lot of people, a lot of kids and many elderly people too. There’s no age limit to this problem, so I think it’s a good time to tell people they can do it, it’s something that can help a lot of people and for me it didn’t hurt at all. If I had to do the same now I would because this is a very serious disease for many children and we need to help them and I’m always available.
“[Being scared] is a normal reaction and I appeal for the people to do it, especially here in Spain where there are millions of people and you’re more likely to save lives. It doesn’t cost anything, it’s a simple process and then you feel happy because you know you are helping another person.
“After the situation with Carlos Martins, I asked all of my [Real Madrid] teammate to do it and the information we have is that they all donated.
“It’s a very complicated situation. I saw the son of Carlos Martin and after hearing your stories, that’s something I’d never wish for myself or my family. A disease is always very delicate. I understand your positions, for me you are the heroes because to fight a disease you need a lot of both mental and psychological strength. I appreciate the sick people who keep on living. For me it would be very bad, and hopefully neither my family nor I have a problem with that. May God be generous, just as he has been with you.”
Cristiano went on to talk about his goal celebration urging fans to calm down and if he finally feels loved by the Real Madrid fans.
“[My calm down celebration] was not planned, I don’t plan things. It all started in the match against Barcelona, people were celebrating and I scored and it was to tell the people to be calm because the game wasn’t over yet and I was still there and I could do something more.( Read more...Collapse )