Cristiano Ronaldo's armband sells for nearly £55,000 at auction

Cristiano Ronaldo’s armband he threw to the floor sells for nearly £55,000 at auction to raise money for spinal surgery for baby boy after firefighter working at the match picked it up

  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s captain’s armband has raised nearly £55,000 at auction
  • The money is going towards costs for spinal surgery for a six-month-old boy 
  • The Portugal captain threw his armband to the floor and stormed off the pitch
  • A firefighter working at the stadium picked it up to raise money at auction

The captain’s armband which Cristiano Ronaldo slammed to the ground after Portugal’s match with Serbia has raised £55,000 at auction.

The armband was sold to an anonymous bidder, with the money going towards the surgery costs of Gavrilo Djurdjevic, a six-month-old boy from Serbia with spinal muscular atrophy. 

Djordje Vukicevic, a local firemen who had been working at the stadium during Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Serbia, picked up the armband after Ronaldo threw it in anger, and had the idea of auctioning it off. 

Cristiano Ronaldo throws his captain’s armband to the floor against Serbia on Saturday night

The armband raised nearly £55,000 at auction to go towards the surgery costs of a baby boy

Firefighter Djordje Vukicevic was standing nearby when Ronaldo threw it to the ground

“Ronaldo was agitated (and) he threw the armband, it fell right next to me,” Vukicevic told Reuters.

“The entire crew agreed this (armband) will go for little Gavrilo,” he said.

The firefighter had planned to collect any memorabilia he could from the players to help raise money, and so took his opportunity after Ronaldo stormed off at the final whistle.

Gavrilo’s parents are hoping to raise £2.1m to fund the expensive treatment their son requires, and have currently received around £500,000 in donations.  

With no VAR, Ronaldo was left protest to the linesman before storming off before full-time

Ronaldo’s outburst came after he pounced on a loose ball inside the penalty area and stabbed an effort towards goal, only to see Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic clear the ball.

Replays showed the ball had clearly gone over the line but with no VAR in place, Ronaldo angrily protested before throwing his armband to the floor in disgust. 

Taking to Instagram after the match, Ronaldo wrote: ‘Being captain of the Portugal national team is one of the greatest honours and privileges of my life. 

Replays showed the officials had made a mistake to not award the goal to a furious Ronaldo

‘I give and will always give my all for my country, that will never change.

‘But there are difficult moments to cope with, especially when we feel like an entire nation is being harmed. Head up and face the next challenge! Come on Portugal!’

Meanwhile, the referee at the centre of the controversy has revealed he apologised for an error of judgement after refusing to award Ronaldo’s late strike.

Ronaldo beat Serbia keeper Marko Dmitrovic to a long ball and thought he’d won the game late

Official Danny Makkelie was hounded by Portugal’s players and management staff but he did not change his view that the ball had in fact not crossed the line. 

‘All I can say is that I apologised to the national coach, Mr. Fernando Santos, and to the Portuguese team for what happened,’ Makkelie told Portuguese newspaper A Bola. 

‘As a refereeing team, we always work hard to make good decisions. When we are in the news this way, it does not make us happy at all.’  

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