- The charity game raised 427,250 euros for UNICEF and the Didier Drogba Foundation.
Marseille legends faced off against a UNICEF XI side in a star-studded charity match at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France.
The Wednesday night game was aimed at raising funds for UNICEF as well as former Chelsea star Didier Drogba’s own foundation.
The stars were there to see all over the pitch with former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger back in the dugout for the UNICEF XI team and Jean-Pierre Papin coaching the Marseille legends squad.
Drogba showed he still got it by scoring three goals to lead his team to a 7-4 win over the UNICEF XI. With his hat-trick-grabbing goal, the now-retired Drogba broke out his iconic knee slide celebration exciting the crowd in the stadium.
In his playing days, he scored 15 goals in 16 games against Wenger’s side and after scoring, memories of old must have come flooding back to the legendary French manager.
Other legends in the charity game
Several Arsenal legends including Robert Pires, Mathieu Flamini, Samir Nasri and Jens Lehmann who all played under Wenger were also involved in the game. Nasri, who announced he would be retiring just two weeks ago, caused a frenzy on social media after he appeared to look unfit.
Formula 1 star Pierre Gasly was also on the scoresheet for the UNICEF team that was captained by NBA legend Tony Parker. Local celebrities ranging from actors, rappers to comedians featured in the match.