The captain of Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo, started things on a high note in Russia. Earlier this week, the Real Madrid star fired his 51st hat-trick of the race when Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain in their first game. But the footballer certainly knows how to win hearts off the football field as well. In a video that has gone viral on social media since it was uploaded earlier this week, Ronaldo was seen cheering on a young fan crying outside the Portugal team bus as he could not meet his hero.
In the video, Real Madrid No. 7, was seen leaving the bus that was heading to the airport after learning about the child who was crying, and then hugged and snapped the photos with the fan. The soccer player spent 45 seconds with the child and wiped away his tears. He also signed the boy’s shirt before saying goodbye, while the child’s mother applauded the gesture and clicked on the photos. The young fan continued to cry while his dreams of meeting his favorite footballer came true in Russia.
Portugal tied their first match against Spain earlier this week with Ronaldo scoring three goals against David de Gea of Manchester United. He opened the scoring with a penalty, and then put the score 2-1 with a strong blow that left behind the hands of De Gea in the back of the net, a few minutes after Diego Costa’s draw. With Spain scoring two goals early in the second half, Portugal found themselves behind 3-2 in the final minutes of the game. But Ronaldo took a step forward to convert the 25-yard free throw to put the 3-3 as the match ended in a draw.
Portugal will face Morocco on Wednesday in their next match.