February 22, 2010 / 10:08 AM / 10 years ago

Ronaldo to play in charity match for Madeira

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo runs for the ball during their Spanish first division soccer match against Malaga at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal international Cristiano is set to play in a charity game organised by Portuguese champions Porto in his birthplace Madeira, where floods at the weekend have left at least 42 people dead.

Porto said on their website (www.fcporto.pt) that their team will play the match, for which a date has not yet been announced, against players from Madeira clubs Maritimo and Nacional.

“(Club president) Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, got involved in the contacts which led to the confirmation that Cristiano Ronaldo is available to play in the match,” they added.

After scoring the opening goal in Real Madrid’s 6-2 win over Villareal at the Bernabeu on Sunday, Ronaldo lifted his shirt to display a vest with Madeira written on it.

“It’s where I grew up and where my family live,” Ronaldo told the Real Madrid website (www.realmadrid.com).

“I couldn’t believe what I saw on the television. I want to help in any way I can.”

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