Cristiano Ronaldo’s tossed away armband has contributed to the treatment fund of a six-month-old baby. The armband that the Portugal captain furiously hurled to the ground has been sold to an anonymous bidder at a charity auction in Serbia for €64,000 ($75,000), as per The Guardian.
During the World Cup qualifier against Serbia, Ronaldo thought he had helped his Portugal side get over the line with an injury-time goal after collecting a lovely cross-field pass from Nuno Mendes before poking the ball over the opposition goalkeeper.
Even replays showed that the ball had crossed the line despite Aleksandar Mitrovic’s clearance, but the goal was chalked off by the referee.
Cristiano Ronaldo, in the wake of the referee’s decision, threw his captain’s armband to the ground and stormed off the pitch down to the tunnel.
The 36-year-old’s captain’s armband was picked up by Djordje Vukicevic, a firefighter on duty. The blue armband with a white letter ‘C’ was given to a local humanitarian group, who then put it up for online auction.
The Ronaldo’s tossed away armband received a winning bid of €64,000, which went to the collection for the medical treatment of Gavrilo Djurdjevic, a six-month-old boy with Spinal muscular atrophy.