Real Madrid superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo has auctioned off one of his five Ballon d’Or awards at a charity auction. The Portuguese skipper let the prized award go for £600,000 at a charity auction. The Euro 2016 star made the gesture so funds can be made from the replica for Make-A-Wish charity, according to reports.
The charity is keen on helping kids fight life threatening issues. Ronaldo has won the award five times, the first in 2008 and then in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. The player asked that his 2013 replica be auctioned off to help the charity in their work. Reports claim he specifically asked that the 2013 replica be used – the first one he received upon moving to Spain after winning the first while at Old Trafford.
Other top sports personalities were involved in the charity’s fundraiser. Top coaches Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola for example paid €30,000 to see an organized boxing event in the city of Manchester whose football clubs they manage. They were also available for meet and greet events.
Ronaldo recently said he would never forget Manchester United. The 32-year old player said he learnt to be a better player while at the club. He opines that his hard work combined with his talent made him a huge player. While he has fond memories of his time at the club, he added that it was always his plan to move to Spain to prove his world class ability and play at the Bernabeu.
There have been speculations in the past that Ronaldo might return to the Premier League. However the player gave no indication in his recent interview with Nike Football. He has stated in the past that he would like to get a new contract and see off his career at Madrid.