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Thousands watch Match Against Poverty in Malaga

AFP , MALAGA, SPAIN

Former France soccer player Zinedine Zidane, left, and Brazil's Ronaldo Nazario da Lima, far right, chat with retired Italian referee Pierluigi Colina, center, and his linesman at the La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga, Spain, on Monday.

PHOTO: EPA

Nearly 30,000 soccer fans attended Monday's fifth edition of the Match Against Poverty organized here by soccer legends Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo as part of their work with the UN Development Program (UNDP).

Former France captain and Real Madrid star Zidane and Brazil striker Ronaldo, who are both Goodwill Ambassadors for the UNDP, have been the driving forces behind this initiative since 2003.

Spectators paid between 10 euros (US$14.60) and 25 euros for tickets for the game which was played between "Friends of Zidane" and the "Friends of Ronaldo" and ended in a 2-2 draw.

"The aim of such a match is to make people aware of the problem of poverty in the world," said AC Milan star Ronaldo, who is making his way back from injury and was substituted in the first half by seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher.

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