Why Cristiano Ronaldo has no tattoos
Cristiano Ronaldo does not drink, smoke and have any tattoos, which is very rare for a player at his level. With a resume like his, some might assume the Real Madrid superstar who is also the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or titile holder and UEFA Champions League winner, would have celebrated his victories with a tattoo or two. But he does not have a single tattoo.
Not many fans know that Ronaldo abstains from the tattoo in a sport where body art are not only common place, but also a way that many athletes market themselves internationally. So why doesn’t Ronaldo sport any tattoos? Known for his efforts to help children overcome debilitating diseases, the Portuguese superstar has no tattoo so that he can continue to donate blood.
In many countries, a new tattoo can affect how often a person donates blood, with a waiting period between six months and a year employed as a precaution against cross-contamination and diseases like hepatitis. Since he donates blood twice a year and he does not want to affect that humanitarian gesture.
He has also confirmed that he does not drink because his father died of alcohol abuse problems, and more importantly, he says he doesn’t want to do something that will hinder his ability to play football. Same reason for not smoking.
“I don’t have tattoos because I donate blood very often,” he said, according to Diretta News, while also taking the time to share a photo on his Facebook page that showed him donating at a hospital. He reportedly gives twice a year.
Additionally, he told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that he became a bone marrow donor after witnessing a teammate’s struggles. “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.”