Published: 24 December 2016 Saturday, 12:48 AM
Bonn, Dec 23 (deutschenews4.de) - The Portuguese took time out from his holidays to record a video to remind kids in war-torn country that they are in his thoughts
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a message of support to the children of Syria.
The Middle Eastern country has been in the midst of a bloody civil war since 2011, with recent atrocities in Aleppo gaining particular media attention as civilians have been targeted and killed.
The Ballon d’Or winner has sent them an Instagram post of hope as he takes time off from his duties with the European and world champions to rest over the winter break.
Ronaldo, 31, in particular spoke to the children of the war-torn country, describing them as “heroes” and reminding them that they are still in the world’s thoughts.
"This is for the children of Syria," he said as part of his work as an ambassador for Save the Children.
"We know that you have been suffering a lot. I`m a very famous player but you are the true heroes.
"Don`t lose your hope. The world is with you. We care about you. I am with you."
Nick Finney, director of the global children`s charity, described Ronaldo`s donation as "life-changing" for those in Syria.
"Cristiano Ronaldo`s generous donation will help us to support children from Aleppo and across Syria, who have suffered things children should never have to live through," he said in a statement.
"We are tremendously grateful for his life-changing support. Ronaldo is not only one of the world`s most iconic sports figures, but he also has become a beacon of hope for millions of boys and girls worldwide - and hope is something that Syria`s children need now more than ever."