Ronaldo’s armband was put up for for auction. Portugal’s FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier with Serbia ended in a big controversy, as Ronaldo scored a clear goal in injury time but was cancelled. Without VAR or goalline technology in use, it was decided by the officials that Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic had cleared the ball even though it can be clearly seen in the images that the ball had crossed the line. Ronaldo was fumed and frustrated from the decision and was also booked for his protests and engagement with the refree and before the final whistle he leave the ground in anger throwing his captain’s armband to the ground.
The armband of Portugal captain’s Cristiano Ronaldo, which he threw to the ground in frustration after his last minute winning goal was disallowed in a World Cup qualifier against Serbia was put up for auction on Tuesday.
One of the stewards at the stadium picked up the armband of Cristiano and immediately contacted a regional sports channel with the idea of auctioning it for charity.
“He (Ronaldo) threw the armband three metres away from me, and the idea immediately occured to me that this (sale) could be a good opportunity,” “I realised we had some attention and could do something nice for Gavrilo” the man told on phone.
The charity group is trying to collect money for the surgery of a six-month-old boy from Serbia with spinal muscular atrophy. The infant is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which affects about one in 10,000 births, and results in death or the need for permanent ventilation by the age of two in 90 percent of cases.
After being put on auction, the armband had already reached the price of 360,000 dinars (around 3,000 euros). So let’s hope that an adequate amount would be raised and the baby will be cured.