The Ballon d’Or trophy won by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013 has been auctioned off for £600,000 in benefit of the Make-A-Wish Foundation charity.
Ronaldo beat out Lionel Messi to the award after a strong end to the year, lifting it for the second time in his career.
And on Wednesday the original replica Ballon d’Or donated by the Real Madrid star was sold to an anonymous donor at the Foundation’s ‘Art of Wishes’ auction at the Dorchester Hotel, London.
Ronaldo is a long-term supporter of Make-A-Wish, donating funds and granting wishes to seriously ill children across the world. The Ballon D’Or has been won by Ronaldo 4 times including 2016, but never before has an award of this prestige been donated for an auction.
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