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Ronaldo overcomes Zidane in Match Against Poverty

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Brazil legend Ronaldo led his team of stars to a 3-2 win over a side captained by Zinedine Zidane in the 10th annual Match Against Poverty.

The game in Porto Alegre raised funds for charitable projects in Brazil and Africa and featured more than 40 top names from Brazil and Europe.

Zidane's team started brightly in front of more than 50,000 fans, hitting the post twice before Brazil 1994 World Cup winner Bebeto struck at the other end to hand Ronaldo's side the lead.

However, Zidane's men fought back and equalised after the break through futsal star Falcao before the Frenchman put his side ahead with a spectacular volley.

Caca Ferrari looked to have given Ronaldo's side a draw when he found the net but Internacional striker Leandro Damião then netted the winner for the Brazilians with a powerful strike.

Ronaldo said: "It was nice. Even injured, I had to be there participating.

"It was great because Gremio's stadium is spectacular.

"The crowd came here and I think we got the message across. Everyone talked about it.

"We are trying to fight against poverty and I am very pleased about the score."

Santos star Neymar took part in the game and said it was a privilege to play alongside former greats such as Zico, Cafu and Roberto Carlos.

He said: "It was a great honour to be in this game, to be playing alongside big Brazilian idols, my idols as well.

"It was a pleasure to help some people. That is the most important thing."


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