Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or raised 600,000 euros at a recent auction to raise money for the Make-A-Wish charity that gives seriously ill children the chance to realise their dreams and focus on something positive.
Idan Ofer, Israel’s richest person, paid 600,000 for the single replica of the Ballon d’Or trophy, an item that Ronaldo himself had donated.
This figure will go straight to the foundation and help them make even more memories for children battling illness.
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 specifically asked for the replica of his 2013 award, to be donated to the charity auction.
Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho too contributed to the event with 30,000 euros being paid to watch a boxing match in Manchester, this included a meet and greet with the two coaches.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation auction is the most exclusive charitable events in London. There is an online art auction where fortunes are paid for sculptures and paintings and it is all in aid of an organisation that has helped children for over 35 years.