It was an act of anger and frustration, but now it may be a blessing for a sick child in Serbia.
On Saturday, Portugal Captain Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch in anger and disappointment throwing his captain’s armband on the floor, after he was denied a last-minute winner against Serbia.
The five-time Ballon D’or winner’s armband may be the saviour for a six-month-old boy who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy.
A charity group is trying to collect money for Gavril Djurdjevic, the young boy from the city of Kragujevac, who is supposed to undergo surgery.
The humanitarian organisation, Together for Life, is looking to raise €2.5m (approximately KSh321,259,312) that is needed for his treatment.
According to the group, the blue armband will be in an online auction for three days with the monies collected to go towards the payments of the hospital bill for the young boy.
The group is said to have got the armband from a stadium worker who picked it up after the match ended in a 2-2 draw in Belgrade.
The disallowed goal
The Juventus attacker chipped the ball over Serbia goalkeeper, apparently crossing the line before being cleared by a defender.
Ronaldo’s anger was clear to see as he headed straight into the dressing room before the final whistle, angrily throwing down his captain armband near the touchline.
The five-time Ballon dOr winner was publicly criticized for his actions and some believe his angry display could lead to FIFA sanctions if the governing body deems his reaction to being offensive or violent conduct.