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Ronaldos armband auctioned for 64,000 Euros

Published by The Nation on Sat, 03 Apr 2021


Cristiano Ronaldos moment of frustration at a controversial decision in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday is turning into something positive.The captains armband the Portugal star threw to the ground when he was controversially denied a stoppage-time winner against Serbia has been sold at auction to raise money for a six-month-old babys medical treatment.Duty firefighter Djordje Vukicevic picked up the armband from the pitch after Ronaldo had stormed off at the end of the 2-2 draw in Belgrade.Ronaldo was agitated [and] he threw the armband. It fell right next to me, Vukicevic said.He decided to put it up for auction to raise money for treatment for Gavrilo Djurdjevic from Serbia, who is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy.The entire crew agreed this [armband] will go for little Gavrilo, he said.Vukicevic said he was ready to sell any memorabilia he could collect from players to help Gavrilos parents collect the 2.1m needed for the treatment.The winning bid for the armband was 64,000 euros (about 54,000). Gavrilos mother Nevena said proceeds from the sale would be would be a significant contribution to their treatment fund.We could not believe that some people who do not even know us would take the armband, auction it and help our child, she said.
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