Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or sold for €600,000 at charity auction

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly helped raise €600,000 ($705,000) for charity by donating a replica of one of his four Ballon d’Or trophies, which was bought at auction by Israeli millionaire and philanthropist Idan Ofer.

The good deed took place during a gala hosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation at London’s Dorchester hotel last Sunday, with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes on hand to make the presentation as per a photo in Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha.

Réplica de Bola de Ouro de Ronaldo rende 600 mil euros https://t.co/yxMMt65bBN

— Correio da Manhã (@cmjornal) October 3, 2017

According to Marca the trophy donated was an ‘extra’ replica which Ronaldo specifically requested when he won the 2013 Ballon D’Or, with the ‘real’ trophy still currently on show at the Portuguese star’s personal museum on his home island of Madeira.

The footballer himself was not in attendance at the gala event in London, which was hosted by comedian and actor David Walliams, and also reportedly saw face-to-face meetings with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola auctioned off.

€600k spent last night on @cristiano 2013 ballon D’or ?….donated to @makeawishuk #nearlyhadit #cr7

A post shared by Olly Ward (@ollyward77) on Oct 3, 2017 at 2:26pm PDT

Ronaldo, 32, regularly makes contributions to various charities worldwide, and in 2015 won a public vote to take an Athletes Gone Good award as the world’s most charitable athlete.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan

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