Firefighter explains how he donated Ronaldo’s armband to help baby

Djordje Vukicevic, the firefighter who grabbed the armband that Cristiano Ronaldo threw onto the pitch in Serbia-Portugal, came out to explain how it all happened.

“Ronaldo was agitated, he threw the armband and it fell right next to me,” explained Vukicevic to the Reuters Agency, posing for the photographs with the armband of the captain of Portugal.

The Serbian firefighter had already decided that any jersey or other memory he could get from that game would help Gavrilo Djurdjevic, a six-month-old baby who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy.

“The entire fire team agreed that the armband was to help little Gavrilo,” concluded Djordje Vukicevic.

Aleksandar and Nevena Djuridjevic, Gavrilo’s parents, need 2.5 million euros to pay for the baby’s treatment. So far, says the mother, they have received donations in the order of 500 thousand euros.

“We didn’t even want to believe that people who don’t know us could take the armband and do an auction to help us,” said the mother, Nevena, from the village of Cumic.

The best proposal for Cristiano Ronaldo’s armband, so far, is around 50 thousand euros.


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