Cristiano Ronaldo's hurled armband sold for R1.1m at auction


The captain's armband that Cristiano Ronaldo threw to the ground during Portugal’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Serbia last month has been sold for R1.1m.

According to The Guardian, who cite the local Serbian state TV, the armband was donated to a local charity that managed to sell the piece of memorabilia for around €64 000 (R1.1m), with the funds going towards the medical treatment of a six-month-old boy with spinal muscular atrophy.

Ronaldo had been left furious after being disallowed a late match-winning goal during Portugal's 2-2 World Cup qualifier against Serbia last month and stormed off the pitch moments before the final whistle blew, tossing his armband to the floor in the process.

It was later picked up by Djordje Vukicevic, a local firefighter who was on duty for the match, who subsequently made the donation to the charity in a gesture of remarkable goodwill given the value of the armband.

In the immediate aftermath of the match, Ronaldo, who was widely criticised for his temperamental reaction, sought to address the incident across his social media accounts where he revealed that he felt as though Portugal had been hard done by.

"I always give and will give everything for my country, that will never change," the five-time Ballon d'Or winner posted on Instagram. "But there are difficult times to deal with, especially when we feel that an entire nation is being harmed."

Scroll through the gallery below to see images of Ronaldo's angry reaction during Portugal's clash against Serbia