Bury St Edmunds: Brazilian striker Ronaldo backs auction in honour of Sir Bobby Robson ahead of tonight’s black-tie ball at The Apex

Brazilian Ronaldo

Brazilian Ronaldo - Credit: AP

A Brazilian superstar is the latest high-profile name to back the bumper charity auction in honour of Sir Bobby Robson.

Former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, who played under Sir Bobby during his season in charge at Spanish giants Barcelona, where the Brazilian was named the youngest-ever winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year.

Ronaldo, who Sir Bobby regarded as the best player he ever managed, has donated a signed Brazilian football shirt to the auction, the latest in a series of money-can’t-buy prizes on offer.

Sir Bobby’s family will join the likes of Delia Smith, a number of ex-Ipswich Town players and auction organisers for a black-tie ball at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds this evening.

Sir Bobby’s son Mark said: “The online auction is a fantastic way to help us continue the work my father started and raise crucial funds for cancer charities.

“I urge people, clubs and companies to consider donating, however big or small, and bidding to help us reach our £1million target .”

The total money raised by the auction’s 300 lots is closing in on the £150,000 mark already, with a bidding frenzy anticipated tomorrow and Saturday before the auction closes at 7.30pm on Sunday.

As well as international prizes such as round-the-world cruises and the chance to watch teams such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich train, Suffolk has also supplied its fair share of exciting lots.

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People can bid for a VIP experience at Ipswich Town, a day’s sailing along the Suffolk coast or the chance to sample the talkSPORT breakfast with former Town striker Alan Brazil.

For those that do not like sport, there are short breaks available at Ickworth Lodge and The Great House in Lavenham, as well as the chance to spend the morning with either Suffolk’s police or firefighters.

To view the full list of items or to bid visit www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com

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