Nearly 30,000 football fans attended Monday's fifth edition of
the Match Against Poverty organised here by football legends Zinedine Zidane and
Ronaldo as part of their work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Former France captain and Real Madrid star Zidane and Brazil striker Ronaldo,
who are both Goodwill Ambassadors for the UNDP, have been the driving forces
behind this initiative since 2003.
Spectators paid between 10 and 25 euros for tickets for the game which was
played between 'Friends of Zidane' and the 'Friends of Ronaldo' and ended in a
"The aim of such a match is to make people aware of the problem of poverty in
the world," said AC Milan star Ronaldo, who is making his way back from injury
and was substituted in the first half by seven-time Formula One world champion
Proceeds will as in previous years benefit anti-poverty projects in Eastern
Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.