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Ronaldo sells 2013 Ballon d'Or for charity

  • Published at 12:28 am October 6th, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:05 am October 6th, 2017
Ronaldo sells 2013 Ballon d'Or for charity
Cristiano Ronaldo may have the reputation of being a petulant self-obsessive on the pitch, but off the pitch his generosity is, like his footballing ability, generally unrivalled. The Real Madrid star has a long list of donations to a number of fantastic causes, from paying for the brain surgery of a 10-year-old fan in 2010 and another nine-year-old’s cancer treatment two years later, to giving a reported £5m to help the aid effort in Nepal following the devastating earthquake in 2015. He was voted the most charitable athlete in the world in 2015 and is continuing his goodwill after raising £600,000 by selling one of his cherished Ballon d’Or trophies, reports The Independent. Ronaldo, who has four in total, donated the replica he won of the 2013 award to a London auction at the Dorchester Hotel last weekend with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Foundation, which is a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses. His 2013 award is the one that means the most to him, having also won it in 2008, 2014 and 2016, as it ended a run of four consecutive years of his great rival Lionel Messi of Barcelona picking up the award. In total, the event raised £2.7m, with Portugal's Ronaldo contributing 22% of the total money raised. Ronaldo, after helping Real to their 12th Uefa Champions League title last season, is the heavy favourite to win his fifth at the awards ceremony in January and level Argentine Messi’s total of five trophies in total.
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