Football legends Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo will
each captain a team in the fourth edition of the Match Against Poverty to be
held at the Stade Velodrome on March 19.
Former France captain Zidane and AC Milan striker Ronaldo, who are both Goodwill
Ambassadors for the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have been the driving forces behind
this initiative since 2003.
A statement issued by Marseille Town Hall promised that several "star
footballers" would play alongside the pair, without giving details.
The match will be the first played in Europe by Zidane since his international
retirement after the 2006 World Cup final.
"I have retired from professional football, but I am determined to continue
playing in my capacity as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for such a good cause, and to
contribute to this annual gathering with my friend Ronaldo," said Zidane.
Proceeds from the first three matches benefited anti-poverty projects ranging
from support to female entrepreneurs to the construction of sports centres for
street children in Asia, Africa and Latin America.