venerdì 15 agosto 2014

Maradona accepts pope's invitation to Match for Peace

Argentina legend just one of greats taking part

(ANSA) - Rome, August 11 - Former Argentina great Diego Maradona has announced that he has accepted an invitation from his compatriot Pope Francis to attend a charity soccer game, the Interreligious Match for Peace, in Rome next month.

The match is being staged as part of the pope's appeals for an end to conflict in many parts of the world, including Iraq, Gaza and Ukraine. "It is an honour to be invited by Pope #Francis, to participate in the Interreligious Match for Peace, on September 1st, at the Olympic Stadium of Rome," Maradona said on his Facebook page.

The 53-year-old, who helped Napoli win two Serie A titles and a UEFA Cup during his 1984-91 stint in Italy, is just one of many football greats of past and present to say they will take part in the game. Others include Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Baggio, David Trezeguet, Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon, Javier Zanetti, Roberto Baggio, Yuto Nagatomo and Samuel Eto'o. The money raised by the event will go to charity, including former Inter and Argentina defender Zanetti's Pupi Foundation to help poor children in his homeland.

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