The captain’s armband thrown by Cristiano Ronaldo, during Serbia-Portugal, was sold for 64,000 euros. This amount will help finance treatment for a six-month-old baby with a rare disease.
An anonymous buyer has offered around 64,000 euros to acquire the captain’s armband of Portugal thrown out of spite on the Belgrade lawn by Cristiano Ronaldo, during the 2022 World Cup qualifying match against Serbia, and put up for sale to help a sick child.
Picked up by a firefighter, Djordje Vukicevic, present at the stadium during the match, the armband was up for auction until Friday morning on the limundo.com site. Vukicevic, who initially acted anonymously but has since disclosed his identity, had contacted a regional sports channel with the idea of putting him up for auction.
The idea was to help a six-month-old baby, little Gavrilo Djurdjevic, suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, and help finance the treatment of this rare disease.
The cost of the treatment is estimated at more than two million euros
Spinal muscular atrophy is a neuromuscular disease that affects approximately one in 10,000 births. Without treatment, muscles weaken, progressing gradually to paralysis or death, frequently before the second birthday. The cost of the treatment is estimated at more than two million euros.
In Serbia, fundraising campaigns to finance expensive healthcare abroad have increased in recent years. It is common to see the faces of children plastered by the side of the road. Millions of euros have been raised in this Balkan country where the average monthly salary is less than 500 euros.
Portugal, the reigning European champion, had to settle for a draw (2-2) on Saturday, after a goal from Ronaldo, who had crossed the line, was refused by the referee in all end of the game.