Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has raised 600,000 pounds at an auction at London’s Dorchester hotel last Sunday where he sold one of his four Ballon d’Or trophies. The money will go to Make-A-Wish charity that helps children who are ill to realise their dreams and channel their energies on positive things.
The Ballon d’Or was purchased by Israeli millionaire and philanthropist Idan Ofer at the auction, which was hosted by comedian and actor David Walliams. However, Ronaldo was not present for the event.
According to Marca, the donated trophy was an ‘extra’ replica of the one he received in 2013 Ballon d’Or. The actual trophy is still on display at the 32-year-old’s personal museum in Madeira. Usually when a player wins the prestigious award, they ask for the replica to be given to the club, or they prefer to keep it in a trophy cabinet.
Ronaldo has consistently appeared in news for donating vast amounts of money to various charities. Last week, Ronaldo sent a message of solidarity to the family of a young fan killed in Mexico’s earthquake. He tweeted a photo of himself holding a Real Madrid jersey with the message “To my No. 1 fan, Santiago. In this moment of pain, I send a huge hug to Santiago’s family and to all the families who have lost their loved ones.” The jersey was in reference to Santiago Flores, the boy killed during Mexico’s 7.1 earthquake.