“I am very grateful to the people of Colombia, very happy that the stadium was almost completely full. I had a lot of fun, but I know I also have responsibility for Barcelona [not to overdo it]. I’m glad that people have come and that you enjoyed it.” – Lionel Messi.
A collection of South America’s premier footballers and personalities turned out in Bogata on Thursday night in an effort to raise funds for children’s foundations in Colombia.
Included in the star-studded affair were team captains Lionel Messi and Radamel Falcao, who were joined by Dani Alves, Alexis Sanchez, Diego Forlan, Diego Milito, Robinho, James Rodriguez, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego, Ariel Ortega, Marejk Hamsik and Oswaldo.
Moreover, the coaches at the event were Dunga and Fabio Capello, whilst South American personalities Daddy Yankee and Mrs. Falcao, Lorelei Taro, were also on hand to get a few minutes on the field. (A full list of the line-ups can be seen at the bottom of the post.)
So what happened?
The match was a stellar 6-6 goalfest, whereby the opener from Radamel Falcao was the golazo of the game, James Rodriguez was the joint top scorer with a brace, while Lionel Messi was reduced to one goal.
Here are a collection of highlights from the event:
Golazo: Radamel Falcao makes it 1-0 Rest of the World vs Messi & Friends
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Lionel Messi’s goal vs Rest of the World XI
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Below the fold see full match highlights of Messi & Friends 6 – Rest of the World XI 6, plus the complete line-ups are listsed:
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Messi & Friends: José Manuel Pinto; Diego Godín, Diego Lugano (Diego Pérez), André Santos, Wálter Gargano, Javier Mascherano, Diego, Lionel Messi (Dani Alves), Ezquiel Lavezzi, Robinho y Daniel Oswaldo (Ariel Ortega). Coach: Dunga.
Rest of the World XI: Farid Mondragón (Guillermo Ochoa); Álvaro González, Mario Yepes, Fabio Cannavaro, John Viáfara, Marek Hamsik, Giovanni Hernández (Franco Zuculini), James Rodríguez, Radamel Falcao García, Teófilo Gutiérrez y Diego Forlán. Coach: Fabio Capello.