Messi missing as Ronaldo gets credit

He may have recently stormed out of a press conference and have been dubbed the “Bad Boy” of Spanish football but his generosity off the pitch can never been underestimated.

That’s the story of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo who has been named the most charitable athlete on the planet in the “Top 20 Athletes Gone Good” list, beating the likes of John Cena (2), Serena Williams (3), Neymar (5), Lebron James (6).

Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list for his charity work as he once raised money for various causes including donating more than $83,000 to a 10-year-old fan in need of brain surgery and giving more than $165,000 to fund a cancer centre in Portugal that treated his mother.

Ronaldo has love for little kids

Ronaldo has love for little kids

Coming in the 2nd position is WWE star John Cena for granting nearly 500 wishes with Make-A-Wish charity campaign. Cena is the most requested celebrity Wish granter and holds the record for the most Wishes granted through the organization.

WWE star John Cena with a little boy

WWE star John Cena with a little boy

Serana Williams came in at the 3rd position for her 1 in 11’ campaign to extend educational opportunities to marginalized children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal, with the goal of expanding to more countries. This comes in addition to her work with the Serena Williams Foundation and as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Top seed Serena Williams and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador strikes a post with the Kids

Top seed Serena Williams and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador strikes a pose with the Kids

Other notable inclusion on the list include: Neymar (5) for helping FIFA’s 11 Against Ebola campaign and Lebron James (6) for his support to the following charity organization, After-School All-Stars, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children’s Defense Fund, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, ONEXONE.

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Neymar helps out with FIFA's 11 Against Ebola campaign.

Neymar helps out with FIFA’s 11 Against Ebola campaign.

Lebron James with his fans

Lebron James with his fans

Surprisingly, Barcelona star Lionel Messi didn’t make this list. See full list below:

The 2015 “Top 20 Athletes Gone Good” list
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. John Cena
3. Serena Williams
4. Yuna Kim
5. Neymar Jr.
6. LeBron James
7. Heather O’Reilly
8. Maria Sharapova
9. Mo’ne Davis
10. Richard Sherman
11. Meryl Davis & Charlie White
12. Dan Carter
13. Roman Reigns
14. Ronda Rousey
15. Lindsey Vonn
16. Tom Daley
17. Bethany Hamilton
18. Saina Nehwal

Meanwhile, Barcelona attacking duo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez have been shortlisted alongside Christiano Ronaldo for the 2014/2015 European footballer of the year by The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

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