Spain witnessed an extraordinary coming together of 50 professional footballers at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday night as an exhibition match aimed at to fighting poverty in Africa and raising funds to strengthen educational projects being carried out by UNICEF in Africa was played out in Madrid.
The Liga XI, captained by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and coached by Luis Aragones, took on an Africa United XI, which was lead by Sevilla’s Mali forward Freddie Kanoute and coached by Javier Clemente.
Kanoute lead Africa United, a team assembled from Spanish football’s African contingent, including Sevilla team-mate Arouna Kone and Malaga midfielder Selim Benachour while Ramos captained a Liga Select side which included a number of Real Madrid team-mates including Iker Casillas, Marcelo, Alvaro Arbeloa and Esteban Granero.
According to reports, the evening raised just under 350,000 euros for the cause and was watched by 30,000 spectators.
Highlights from the exhibition match can be seen here.