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Legends Cup: Ronaldinho leads star-studded XI of ex-pros to victory over John Terry and Co in Dubai


When legends collide! Brazil icon Ronaldinho leads star-studded XI of ex-pros – including Kaka and Iker Casillas – to victory over John Terry and Luis Figo under the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

  • Ronaldinho and Luis Figo faced off in a thrilling exhibition match in Dubai
  • The Brazilian icon and his star-studded XI beat Figo and Co 18-16 on Thursday
  • John Terry and Samuel Eto’o turned out for Figo’s team under the Burj Khalifa 

The Legends Cup truly lived up to its billing on Thursday as Brazil icon Ronaldinho and his star-studded XI got the better of Luis Figo and Co in a thrilling match under the Burj Khalifa.

The match was the first of its kind in front of the world’s tallest building and it needed some serious star power given its location in downtown Dubai.

And the lucky punters who got to the see action live and in person were treated to an absolute thriller, with Ronaldinho’s team coming out on top 18-16 against Figo’s team.

Ronaldinho (left) and John Terry (right) went toe-to-toe in a Legends exhibition game in Dubai

Ronaldinho (left) and John Terry (right) went toe-to-toe in a Legends exhibition game in Dubai

Ronaldinho and his star-studded XI took on Luis Figo's legends team on Thursday evening

Ronaldinho and his star-studded XI took on Luis Figo’s legends team on Thursday evening

It was the first time a football match had been played directly under the Burj Khalifa

The world's tallest building provided the backdrop for the match

It was the first time a football match had been played directly under the Burj Khalifa

Chelsea legend Terry (right) gets a selfie with Ronaldinho (left) after the game

Chelsea legend Terry (right) gets a selfie with Ronaldinho (left) after the game

Chelsea legend John Terry also laced up his boots again for the friendly encounter but ended up on the losing side. 

Still, the 41-year-old was in good spirits at the end of the game and even took a selfie with Ronaldinho for his followers on Instagram.

Samuel Eto’o also featured for Figo’s side, featuring alongside Terry once again with the two enjoying a brief stint together at Stamford Bridge during the 2013-14 campaign.

Other notable names to turn out for the game included the likes of Ballon d’Or winner Kaka, Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas, Holland great Wesley Sneijder, former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre and more.

Real Madrid and Portugal great Figo (No 7) goes in for the tackle Diego Lugano

Real Madrid and Portugal great Figo (No 7) goes in for the tackle Diego Lugano

The match itself was broken down in three rounds with each period lasting 20 minutes

The match itself was broken down in three rounds with each period lasting 20 minutes

Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas turned out in goal for the friendly encounter on Thursday

Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas turned out in goal for the friendly encounter on Thursday

The match itself was broken down in three rounds with each period lasting 20 minutes, with the  Ronaldinho’s side leading the first period 7-5.

Figo’s men roared back in the second third 5-3, setting up an exciting final round encounter with the scores level at 10-10.

However, Ronaldinho would end up coming out on top, winning the final 20-minute period 8-6 to win the friendly encounter in stunning fashion. 

Ballon d'Or winner Kaka (centre) joined forces with compatriot Ronaldinho for the clash

Ballon d’Or winner Kaka (centre) joined forces with compatriot Ronaldinho for the clash





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