May 22, 2024

Ronaldinho, Cafu, Bebeto to play charity match for Brazil flood victim

Ronaldinho, Cafu, Bebeto to play charity match for Brazil flood victim

(FILES) Aerial view of Arroio do Meio following the devastating floods that hit the region in Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, taken on May 15, 2024. – The floods devastating southern Brazil have been exacerbated by deforestation, much of it driven by soybean farming, according to experts, who urge the country to restore its forests and their vast water-retaining root systems. (Photo by Nelson ALMEIDA / AFP)

A roster of Brazilian football greats including World Cup winners Ronaldinho, Cafu and Bebeto will play a charity match to raise money for victims of devastating floods in the country’s south, organizers said Wednesday.

The match, scheduled for Sunday at 4:00 pm (1900 GMT) in Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium, will also feature the likes of current men’s national team coach Dorival Junior and women’s team defender Tamires.

“We’ve raised the trophy as world champions, now let’s raise the cup of solidarity,” said 1994 and 2002 World Cup winner Cafu, in comments carried on news site Globo Esporte.

“I want to invite all Brazilians to support this effort to help our brothers in Rio Grande do Sul,” Dorival Junior said in a video released by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

The southern state is reeling from weeks of unprecedented floods that have killed more than 160 people and left 90 percent of its towns inundated, including the state capital, Porto Alegre.

Tickets for the match will start at around $6, with proceeds from sales and the television broadcast going to charities to help flood victims, said TV network Globo, which is sponsoring the event along with the CBF, Rio city hall and popular football club Flamengo.