Messi joins other icons to play in Pope Francis’ charity match

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A host of footballing icons from across the world, including Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, Samuel Eto’o, and Javier Zanetti, will part in the 2014 for Peace on September 1.

The event, the brainchild of , is intended support some of the poorest sectors of modern across Europe, South America and the rest of the globe. is led by two charitable : Scholas Occurrentes, an educative entity serving the commonwealth, and Fondazione P..P. Onlus, founded by Zanetti and his Paula, a foundation promoting and supporting long-distance adoption programs.

Proceeds from the will be donated the ‘Un’Alternativa di Vita’ (A Alternative) project – a beneficiary of Scholas Occurrentes and Fondazione P..P. Onlus – which aims support the education of impoverished youngsters in Buenos Aires.[eap_ad_2]

The itself – which will also feature Roberto Baggio, Gianluigi Buffon and Yuto Nagatomo – will be held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on September 1 at 20:45CET, and Goal has been named as an official media partner of the event.

Former Inter captain Zanetti said: “ am proud to offer my help in arranging the Interreligious Match of Peace.

was April 2013 when , during a meeting, shared with me the idea of creating a moment of friendship and union between religions. Since then, we are dedicating great efforts to the cause in order to make a great night of excellent soccer and a fundraising event but, most of all, a festival of people and an opportunity for a common reflection, without forgetting the most immediate goal: financing the ‘Un’Alternativa di Vita’ project.” ([eap_ad_3]