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Why won’t you find any tattoos on Cristiano Ronaldo?

Cristiano_RonaldoWith a resume like Cristiano Ronaldo’s, some might assume the Portuguese Real Madrid superstar (and reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or honoree and Champions League winner) would have celebrated his victories with a tattoo or two. Not many fans know that Ronaldo abstains from ink in a sport where tattoos are commonplace. So why doesn’t Ronaldo sport any tattoos?

In a new interview with Diretta News, the soccer stud revealed the reason he has chosen to say no to getting inked.

“I don’t have tattoos because I donate blood very often,” he said, adding that he gives blood twice a year.

In order to give blood in some countries, a person must wait between six months to a year after getting a new tattoo  to prevent cross-contamination and the spread of disease.

Cristiano, who in March donated $83,000 to pay for an operation for a young boy suffering from a rare brain disorder, is also a bone marrow donor.

Last year he told a Spanish radio station that he became aware of the need for bone marrow donations after watching the son of one of his teammates struggle to find a donor. The Portugal soccer star, who has helped to spread the word about donation for years, encourages his fans to consider donating bone marrow.

“It was the time when Carlos [Martins] 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 very complicated 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.”

“It 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,” he said. “It doesn’t cost anything. It’s a simple process and then you feel happy because you know you are helping another person.”

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