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02nd Apr 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo’s captain’s armband bought for £54k by mystery bidder

The captain's armband that Cristiano Ronaldo discarded during his tantrum against Serbia has been bought for £54k by a mystery bidder at a charity auction

Reuben Pinder

The money will fund life medical treatment for a child

The captain’s armband that Cristiano Ronaldo hurled at the floor during his most recent strop has been bought for £54,000 by an anonymous bidder at a charity auction, Serbian state TV have reported.

Ronaldo discarded his armband while waving his arms in disapproval as Portugal were denied a late winner against Serbia, with the ball appearing to have crossed the line but the officials not awarding the goal.

A local firefighter on duty at the stadium, Djordje Vukicevic, found the armband and gave it to a charity group.

The local humanitarian group took the armband and put it up for auction, with the money going towards medical treatment for Gavrilo Djurdjevic, a six-month-old boy with spinal muscular atrophy.

During the bidding process, some unrealistically huge bids were submitted, which prompted outrage among the public, while the authorities pledged to find the culprits.

It’s not the first time Ronaldo has thrown a tantrum when things haven’t gone his way, but at least his latest episode has ended in some good being done.

Defending his actions on the night, Ronaldo wrote on Instagram: “I always give and will give everything for my country, that will never change.”

“But there are difficult times to deal with, especially when we feel that an entire nation is being harmed.”