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Idan Ofer: The man who bought Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or trophy




The Ballon d’Or which Cristiano  Ronaldo won in 2013 is no longer in his possession. He sold it to an Israeli, Idan Ofer.

Idan Ofer, a 62-year-old billionaire businessman from Israel, living in England, has built a significant wealth largely through his international oil and shipping businesses. He is also the controlling shareholder in Israel Corp – a company he runs which specializes in chemicals, energy and shipping.

In 2017, Ofer acquired a 32% stake in Atlético Madrid shares and began his adventure in soccer to later become the majority owner of the Portuguese team FC Famalicao, which has contributed to increasing his personal fortune up to $9.8 billion, a heritage that he has built thanks to his direct participation in the world of soccer.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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