Cristiano Ronaldo sold 2013 Ballon d’Or trophy to Israel’s richest man
CRISTIANO RONALDO sold the 2013 Ballon d’Or trophy to charity for £540,000, it has been revealed.
The award for the world’s greatest player was bought by Idan Ofer, who is Israel’s richest man and worth £8billion.
According to Marca, Ofer purchased the trophy at a charity event in London back in 2017.
The sum went towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation for kids with Ronaldo personally asking for the golden gong to be auctioned.
He wasn’t in attendance at the event so agent Jorge Mendes handed out the accolade.
It was the second of five times Ronaldo won football’s top individual prize with the most recent coming in 2017.
That was during a 10-year period when only he and great rival Lionel Messi won the prestigious award.
But the 37-year-old was still producing incredible numbers on a personal level.
In fact, it ended up being the most prolific year of his entire career as he scored 69 goals in 59 games for club and country.
That was an enormous 24 more than Messi, while he also chipped in with 15 assists.