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Ronaldo’s castaway armband auctioned for $75,000 for charity

Apparently, everything that Cristiano Ronaldo touches turns to gold.

It turns out that an armband that the Portuguese superstar threw to the ground in frustration during a World Cup qualifying match against Serbia last week was sold at an auction for $75,000 to support medical treatment for a Serbian baby.

Serbian state TV Friday said a humanitarian group put the blue captain’s armband online for bidding, and voila, an impressive $75,000 was raised. Not bad, yeah?

Well, the money raised will go to a 6-month-old boy suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, AP writes.

Ronaldo removed the armband following Portugal’s 2-2 draw in the match against Serbia after he believed he scored the game-winning goal in injury time.

The 36-year-old then angrily threw down his armband as he walked off the pitch, and the object was later picked up by an on-duty firefighter, who gave the armband to the charity group.

The referee who made the call, Danny Makkelie, later apologized in a statement to Portugal’s A Bola newspaper, explaining, “As a referee team, we always work hard to make good decisions.”

“When we are in the news in this manner, it doesn’t make us happy at all,” the Dutch referee added.

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