ADDS PAULO DYBALA'S JERSEY AUCTION
By Selcuk Bugra Gokalp
ANKARA (AA) - Turkish footballer Merih Demiral announced he will auction Cristiano Ronaldo’s, Leonardo Bonucci's and Paulo Dybala's signed jerseys and donate the proceeds to Kahramanmaras quake victims in Türkiye.
Demiral, 24, who plays for Atalanta in Italy’s Serie A, said Ronaldo, Bonucci and Dybala, teammates from his former club Juventus, offered their condolences.
He wrote on Twitter that he will auction Ronaldo's signed jersey from his collection while Bonucci and Dybala donated their signed jerseys to be sold.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Ronaldo, who was signed by Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr on Dec. 31, 2022, became a free agent in November after his contract with Manchester United was terminated by mutual agreement because of disputes with manager Erik Ten Hag.
Juventus' veteran defender Bonucci clinched eight Italian Serie A titles with the club.
Dybala, after his contract with Juventus, where he bagged 12 trophies, including five Italian Serie A titles, left at the end of June 2022 and joined the Jose Mourinho-helmed AS Roma in July 2022.
At least 5,434 people were killed and 31,777 injured in 10 provinces in Türkiye after two strong earthquakes jolted the south of the country Monday.
More than 8,000 have been rescued.