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One not so careful owner: Cristiano Ronaldo's crashed Ferrari up for auction on eBay

A damaged Ferrari once belonging to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is to be sold on eBay, after its new owner came to an agreement with the internet auction site.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid forward, crashed his Ferrari 559 GTB in 2009 whilst playing for Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid forward, crashed his Ferrari 559 GTB in 2009 whilst playing for Manchester United.

STRASBOURG // A damaged Ferrari once belonging to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is to be sold on eBay, after its new owner came to an agreement with the internet auction site, the vendor's lawyer said on today.

Renaud Bettcher said he and his client — a garage owner from the eastern city of Strasbourg — were "very satisfied" that they had finally been given the go-ahead to sell the car, after eBay asked for proof of its provenance.

The site would also pay undisclosed damages to the dealership, the lawyer added. According to the Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace newspaper, the figure could be as much as €20,000 (Dh100,000).

Star Autos took action against eBay after the auction site withdrew an advert for the sale of the car "for security reasons" and concern that it may not have been genuine.

It then asked the garage to provide proof about its previous owner, which Mr Bettcher said they supplied three times.

No date was given for the new sale.

The garage bought the red Ferrari 599 GTB from a Portuguese vendor for about €33,000 and had been asking for €50,000 for it at auction. Bids had reached €125,000 when the item was withdrawn.

Ronaldo crashed the €250,000 sports car into a barrier near Manchester airport in 2009, a week before the then-Manchester United striker was awarded the 2008 Ballon d'Or as world player of the year.