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Cristiano Ronaldo's Haircut: Was It A 'Tribute To Boy's Brain Surgery'?

23/06/2014 11:59 BST | Updated 23/06/2014 12:00 BST

The distinctive haircut Cristiano Ronaldo sported during Portugal's 2-2 draw with USA was supposedly a tribute to a dying boy's brain operation.

It was reported in March Ronaldo paid €60,000 for Erik Ortiz Cruz's surgery after the infant was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, a brain condition which can cause 30 seizures a day.

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There are no corroborating sources to suggest Ronaldo's new style was a homage to the toddler and brain surgery consists of a straight cut, rather than a jagged line.

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Erik, with his mother, in hospital

However, Ronaldo's legion of online followers are lapping up the news, and the 29-year-old has made several philanthropic gestures in the past.

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Ronaldo has one son, aged three