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Ronaldo’s thrown away armband raises €64K for noble cause

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The armband that the Portugal captain furiously hurled to the ground has contributed to the treatment fund of a six-month-old baby.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s discarded armband has been sold to an anonymous bidder at a charity auction in Serbia for €64,000 ($75,000), according to The Guardian.

Ronaldo thought he had helped Portugal get over the line during the World Cup qualifier against Serbia with an injury-time goal as he collected a lovely cross-field pass from Nuno Mendes before dinking the ball over the opposition goalkeeper.

Replays showed the ball had crossed the line despite Aleksandar Mitrovic’s clearance, but the goal was chalked off.

Ronaldo, agitated, threw his captain’s armband down and stormed off the pitch before heading to the dressing room.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s armband was picked up by Djordje Vukicevic, a firefighter on duty. The blue armband with a white letter ‘C’ was given to a local humanitarian group who then put it up for online bidding.

The winning bid was €64,000, which goes to the collection for the medical treatment of Gavrilo Djurdjevic, a six-month-old boy with spinal muscular atrophy.