Football unites millions of people around the globe, inspires them, and gives them moments of unforgettable joy. It is not just a game, but a movement as well – one against poverty and war.
In this edition of In One Shot Mediamax Sport presents the photo made during a charity game.
On 22 December 2005, some 50,000 people gathered in Dusseldorf stadium to watch the Match Against Poverty, which featured Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo leading the opposing teams.
Although the game was hardly competitive, it provided its fair share of excitement. Additionally, people like tennis player Carl-Uwe Steeb, boxer Sven Ottke and actor Oliver Pocher attended the match, while Mircea Lucescu and Lothar Matthaus performed as head coaches.
Famous Pierluigi Collina refereed the match. The photo depicts Collina, Zidane, and Ronaldo during the warm-up. The three bald legends were in a good mood ahead of the game.
Zidane’s team won the Match Against Poverty 4-2. Diego Tristan scored a brace, Dimitar Berbatov and Oliver Pocher scored once each. Phillip Cocu and Mohamed Aboutrika were the scorers in Ronaldo’s team.
After the match, the teams met again in an informal setting and had champagne together.
It was the third charity game for Zidane and Ronaldo. The entire revenue from the games was allocated to the fight against poverty in Brazil, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Morocco, Namibia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Funds were also provided to a number of programs implemented in Asia, Africa and Latin America.