Former Real Madrid teammates Zinedine Zidane and
Ronaldo will captain teams against each other on Monday in an exhibition match
aimed at mobilizing the public in the fight against poverty.
Zidane, the former France captain who was born in a Marseille district and
retired after France's defeat by Italy in last year's World Cup final, and
Brazil striker Ronaldo, who now plays for AC Milan, will lead their selections
in the fourth "Match against Poverty", organizers said.
Zidane and Ronaldo, who played alongside each other for Real Madrid for several
seasons, are both goodwill ambassadors for the United Nations Development
Program (UNDP), which organizes the event at Marseille's Velodrome Stadium. Each
have invited a number of players for the match, entitled Ronaldo and Friends
versus Zidane and Friends.
Among Zidane's guests are compatriot William Gallas and Robert Pires while
Ronaldo's team includes fellow Brazilians Rivaldo and Robinho.
The match is the second high profile friendly for good causes in a week
following Manchester United's match against a European Select XI at Old Trafford
last Tuesday which raised money for children's charities.