|The infamous ball from David Beckham’s missed shootout kick at Euro 2004 Quarter-Final match vs. France is now in the hands of GoldenPalace.com.|
The most recognized ball in recent soccer history became a fan souvenir when star striker David Beckham sent it sailing over the goal, missing the net and dashing the hopes of English supporters.
Some lucky fan escaped unscathed out of the stadium with the ball tucked neatly under his shirt, and had put it up for auction on eBay, the well-known Internet auction site, where the ball sold for €28,050.00 EUR (approx. $35,000 USD).
CEO of GoldenPalace.com, Richard Rowe, shares his plans: “We plan on raising a lot more money for charity than we did paying for this ball. Expect to see The Ball traveling around the world in an effort to raise money for charitable organizations”.
Having already been associated with Formula 1’s Team Minardi, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and professional Boxing, GoldenPalace.com now has the “Beckham Ball” and intends on using it to raise money for charity.
GoldenPalace.com has a history of turning sports relationships into gains for charitable organizations. Some of the activities include: Contributions were made to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. They sent American Ray Sabbatini, a man stricken with MS to Pamplona, Spain to the “Running of the Bulls” in order to help raise awareness and funding for the cause; contributions are made to The Retired Boxers Foundation as a result of all tattoo sponsorships to help support retired boxers; contributions were made to help fund schooling for elementary school children in a New York Charity Basketball Tournament, featuring NBA legends Dennis Rodman and Magic Johnson.