In a World Cup qualifier match against Serbia recently, Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch and threw his captain’s armband seconds before the final whistle, and got booked for dissent after he was denied a stoppage-time goal.

The Juventus footballer thought that he had struck the winner for Portugal in the final minute of the match, but his strike was deemed to have not crossed the line. With no VIdeo Assistant Referee (VAR) in place, Dutch referee Danny Makkelieand rewarded Ronaldo’s complaints with a yellow card. The replays, however, showed that the ball had indeed crossed the line, meaning that Portugal were wrongly denied a winning goal.

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The captain’s armband that Cristiano Ronaldo flung to the ground in disgust after Portugal were controversially denied a late winner at the weekend in the World Cup qualifier against Serbia was put on auction on Tuesday in a bid to help a sick child.

“He (Ronaldo) threw the armband three metres away from me, and the idea immediately occured to me that this (sale) could be a good opportunity,” the man told AFP by phone.

“I realised we had some attention and could do something nice for Gavrilo”, he added.

After the sports channel Sportklub verified the item’s authenticity by checking post-match photos and videos, they teamed up with a charity organisation and put Ronaldo’s armband up for a bidding contest on auctioning website

“I hope we will be able to reach Ronaldo himself… so we could help Gavrilo as much as we can,” Branislav Jocic, social media manager of Sportklub told AFP.

The infant is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which affects about one in 10,000 births, and results in death or the need for permanent ventilation by the age of two in 90 percent of cases.

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