Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2013 Ballon d’Or trophy was auctioned off for charity in 2017, collecting roughly £532,000 from Israel’s richest man for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
According to Marca, with the original trophy apparently on display at his Madeira museum, Ronaldo explicitly requested that a copy be produced to sell at a charity auction in London.
Since winning the award five times at his peak, Ronaldo now plies his trade in the Saudi Pro-league after joining Al Nassr – although he could have joined rivals Al Hilal for a transfer ban – but is yet to make his debut for his new club.
Cristiano Ronaldo could face Lionel Messi in his first game in Saudi Arabia
In the course of his great career, Ronaldo has received the honour five times.
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 La Liga.
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.