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Cristiano Ronaldo sells Ballon d’Or trophy to Israel’s richest man, donates it to charity

Al Nassr forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has sold his 2013 Ballon d’Or award to the richest man in Israel, Idan Ofer.

The plaque was auctioned off for charity and fetched a price of around £532,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

With the real trophy reportedly on display at his Madeira museum, Ronaldo requested that a replica be made to sell at a charity auction in London, according to Marca.

Ronaldo has won the award five times during his illustrious career.

Of his five awards, 2013 was a year that saw the then-Real Madrid forward narrowly pip Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to it.

Ribery had won the treble with Bayern Munich in the 2012-13 season.

Ronaldo scored 55 goals for Los Blancos but failed to win a trophy with Bayern taking the Champions League and Barcelona winning LaLiga.

Ofer is worth a reported £8.1 billion according to Forbes and made his fortune from mining, shipping and energy, moving into the sports industry.

Credit: Marca

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