What happened when a European XI played a World XI in 2005 at 'Football for Hope'

(L to R) Brazilian Kaka, French Zidane,

Imagine a game where the best players in the world all come together to contest a match against eachother.

Although such games are few and far between, that did actually happen in 2005 when a World XI, captained by Ronaldinho, came up against a European side captained by Andriy Shevchenko.

The game was named 'Football For Hope' and was played at the Camp Nou to raise funds for those effected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster.

Roughly 35,000 people were present at Barcelona's stadium for the one-off occasion, and those in attendance were treated to a spectacle.

Just have a look at the team-sheets; this was always going to be an absolute cracker.

RONALDINHO'S WORLD XI: Dida, Cafu, Cordoba, Marquez, Radebe, Song, Nakata, Deco, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Eto'o

Subs: Mahdavikia, Park Ji-sung, Kameni, Martins, Camara, Jaïdi, Buckley, Beasley, Cha Duri, Cris, Heinze, Lúcio, Zanetti, Adriano, Cambiasso, Drogba, Emerton, Essien, Juninho, Li Tie, Ronaldo

SHEVCHENKO'S EUROPEAN XI: Casillas, Montero, Kaladze, Thuram, Gerrard, Diesler, Beckham, Zidane, Del Piero, Raul, Shevchenko

Subs: Kompany, Kuffour, Giuly, Toldo, Vogel, Sükür, Litmanen, Zola, Suazo, Henry, Buffon, Karembeu, Puyol, Maldini, Stam, Baggio, Ballack, Totti, NedvÄ›d, Vieira, Sema

Football players, friends of Ronaldinho


Although the game itself was not treated like a competitive match, those in attendance were still treated to a nine-goal thriller, with Ronaldinho in particular entertaining the crowd throughout.

The World XI got off to a flying start as they found themselves 2-0 up early on through goals from Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho.

Alessandro Del Piero then pulled one back for Shevchenko's outfit, before Eto'o scored his second to give the World XI a 3-1 advantage at half-time.

Both sides made multiple changes after the break, and that seemed to pay off for the European XI as they scored two quick goals to restore parity.

Gianfranco Zola executed a sublime lob to cut the deficit back to one, before David Suazo converted to make it 3-3.

But it was all one sided from then on in as Ronaldinho's side scored three unanswered goals, with a brace from Henri Camara and one from Cha Du-Ri giving the World XI a convincing 6-3 victory.

What a game.

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