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Brazil to host Ronaldo and Zidane's annual charity game

Grêmio Arena will host the 10th 'Match Against Poverty' game
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Former Real Madrid teammates Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane are organising the 10th 'Match Against Poverty' charity game, which will take place at Brazil’s Grêmio Arena in December.

As Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ronaldo and Zidane will each captain a team for this friendly match, which is aimed at rallying the public in the fight against poverty.

The pair launched the Match Against Poverty with UNDP ten years ago, with each year’s funds supporting specific projects in different countries facing difficult challenges.

Ronaldo said: "The struggle against poverty is not a game. But we use this Match to raise both funds and awareness that the solution is in everyone’s hands.

"Working together we will all be winners in the Match Against Poverty."

Zidane, who will play in Brazil for the first time, said: "Although it will be a friendly match, I am very much looking forward to playing against my old friend in Porto Alegre."

Other UNDP football stars include former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and the game could also feature Kakáand Luis Figo.  

The game follows nine successful events that took place in Basel, Madrid, Dusseldorf, Marseille, Málaga, Fez, Lisboa, Athens and Hamburg.

"At the tenth match we will use the proceeds to support solutions in my own country, as well as another programme in Africa in which Brazil is actively engaged in," Ronaldo added.

Italian legend Pierluigi Collina will referee the game for the ninth time, which takes place on December 19 at 21:00 local time.

The annual event, which is televised globally, is supported by both FIFA and UEFA and is being organised with 9INE Sports & Entertainment of Brazil this year.


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