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Ronaldo, Zidane combine to fight poverty
Dec 21, 2012 3:58 PM GMT
The 10th annual Match Against Poverty was held in Brazil on Wednesday, with a Ronaldo-led XI winning the exhibition 3-2.
A crowd of over 50,000 watched from the new Gremio Arena in Porto Alegre, as the Brazilian football legend's side got past a team captained by France great Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane's team started brightly, hitting the post twice and having a goal ruled out for offside before Bebeto struck at the other end to give Ronaldo's side the lead.
The Zidane XI got back on level terms after the break, futsal star Falcao's finish making it 1-1.
A Zidane volley would put his team ahead, but the lead didn't last long though, as Caca finished off this flowing attacking move to level things up once again.
And Ronaldo's team would have the final say, when Leandro Damiao's powerful right-footed strike finishing the scoring.
Ronaldo said even though he was carrying an injury, he wanted to be a part of the message sent to football fans worldwide about poverty.
"It was nice. Even injured, I had to be there participating. It was great because Gremio's stadium is spectacular," Ronaldo said.
"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 and about everything in this party. It's nice that everything was all right."
Brazilian football prodigy Neymar was involved in the match, and he said the contest was win-win for both players and fans.
"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."
The match was aimed at raising money for charitable projects in Brazil and Africa.