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.
EPL: What I Love Most About Man Utd Midfielder, Sabitzer – Patrice Evra
Manchester United legend, Patrice Evra, has revealed what he loves most about the club’s January signing, Marcel Sabitzer.
Sabitzer joined Man United on loan from Bayern Munich for the remainder of the season.
The 28-year-old is yet to make his debut for Erik ten Hag’s side.
Speaking to Betfair, Evra said what he loves most about Sabitzer was that the midfielder scores goals from outside of the box.
The Frenchman said, “Even if he has not played in a United shirt, Marcel Sabitzer’s work rate is quite impressive.
“He’s got the stamina and what I love about this player, he scores goals from outside of the box.”
“He scored some great goals for Leipzig, and of course, he’s had less playing time at Bayern Munich, and that is why we have got him, but I am sure Ten Hag will have studied the player, he will know the player and sometimes those players need to rebound.”
EPL: Why I Started Enzo Fernandez, Ziyech Against Fulham – Potter
Chelsea boss, Graham Potter, has explained when he decided to hand Enzo Fernandez his full debut against Fulham.
Fernandez starts in midfield as the Blues seek to improve their 10th place in the Premier League.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game about when he decided to hand Enzo Fernandez an immediate start: “As soon as the paperwork came through and we know he can play and he is able to do it, it was clear.
“He is an impressive young man, great character, personality and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”
Hakim Ziyech also starts, only days after his loan move to Paris Saint-Germain collapsed.
On starting Ziyech, despite a paperwork error causing a move to PSG to fall through, Potter said: “He has played the last couple for us and done well. I had a conversation with him and I think he is old enough and experienced enough to know these things can happen sometimes in football.
“He has always been committed to the team and I thought it was right for him to play and help the team.”
Potter Hails Chelsea’s New Signing
Chelsea boss, Graham Potter, has heaped praises on the club’s latest new signing, Enzo Fernandez.
Fernandez recently joined Chelsea on January transfer deadline day from Benfica.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League tie with Fulham on Friday night, Potter described the Argentina World Cup winner as a fighter.
According to him, Fernandez is not afraid, adding that the midfielder has courage.
“His personality is one that makes you think you have no concerns with him. He’s a fighter,” Potter said, as quoted by Chelsea’s official website.
“He understands how fortunate he is. He fights for the team, he is not afraid, he’s got courage, he’s open-minded, he wants to improve.”
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