BRAZILIAN FOOTBALLING HERO ADDED TO SOCCER AID 2016 LINE UP 

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Tickets are now on sale for Soccer Aid 2016, call 0845 456 2016 or visit manutd.com/socceraid

Ronaldinho, one of the game’s greatest ever players, has become the latest star signing for the tenth anniversary of Soccer Aid. The Brazilian legend will form part of 2015/2016 Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri’s Rest of the World squad as they take on Jose Mourinho and Sam Allardyce’s England.

The two star-studded teams will once again go head to head in what promises to be another electrifying match on Sunday 5th June, broadcast live on ITV from Manchester United’s legendary Old Trafford Stadium, all in aid of Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation.

World cup winner, Ronaldinho, who has twice been named FIFA footballer of the year says:  "I am going to play for the Rest of the World team at Soccer Aid. I’m delighted to be supporting Unicef and the vital work they do and can’t wait for Sunday 5th June. It’s so nice to participate in such an important match and a great opportunity to show the strength of this sport. I am very happy to meet my brother Cafu and other friends for this important cause."

He joins the Rest of the World squad which includes his fellow former Brazilian teammate Cafu, Manchester United favourites Jaap Stam and Dimitar Berbatov, Dutch midfield dynamo Edgar Davids, former Barcelona and Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o plus Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann - who will all be looking to make it two Soccer Aid wins in a row for Rest of the World. 

The ex-Barcelona and PSG player will go head to head with the England Legends: Liverpool icons Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler and former Manchester United star Phil Neville; David Seaman and his former Arsenal team-mate Sol Campbell.

In the commentary box will be broadcasting icons Clive Tyldesley and Chris Kamara with Howard Webb officiating in the middle.

Ronaldinho will be playing alongside the previously confirmed England and Rest of the World celebrities who include; One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, pop star Olly Murs, TV and Heart FM presenter Mark Wright, pop star and presenter Marvin Humes; comedians Paddy McGuinness, Jack Whitehall and John Bishop, Jonathan Wilkes and GMB’s Ben Shephard with TV and Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston in goal. Unicef UK Ambassador and Soccer Aid creator Robbie Williams is Assistant Manager with Bradley Walsh, once again on hand as the morale boosting coach.  

The Rest of the World Legends join Captain and Unicef UK Ambassador Michael Sheen, Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Ramsay, pop star and presenter Nicky Byrne plus Kiss FM and ITV’s Bang on the Money presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams. Niall Horan from One Direction has been named as Claudio Ranieri’s Assistant Manager. 

The tenth anniversary match promises to be bigger, better and bolder than ever before, as the world’s biggest stars from sport, music, television and film play in an action-packed game to raise money and vital support for Unicef’s work for children in danger.

The money raised through profits from ticket sales will add to the incredible £17 million that has already been raised for Unicef to help provide children with life-saving food, vaccines, and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse. 100% of all public donations will go towards supporting the vital work of Unicef.

The biennial live event will be hosted by Soccer Aid veteran Dermot O’Leary with TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher once again pitch side to report on all the action as it happens. 

This will be the sixth Soccer Aid event, with previous matches held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014. 

Soccer Aid's Social Media campaign can be followed on Facebook at 'Soccer Aid' and @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, also using the hashtag #SoccerAid 

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Tickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2016, call 0845 456 2016 or visit manutd.com/socceraid

Booking fee applies. Calls charged at 0.75p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Go to www.unicef.org.uk/socceraid to find out more.

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For further information:

Nick Dear, ndear pr 07753 811 918 / nick@ndear.co.uk

Katie Greenaway (works Mon – Weds), Endemol Shine Press Office, 0208 222 4994 / katie.greenaway@endemoluk.com 

Michele Marsland, Endemol Shine Press Office, 0202 222 4322 / michele.marsland@endemoluk.com

Rae Langford, Endemol Shine Press Office, 0208 222 4179 / rae.langford@endemoluk.com

Gary Smith, ITV Press Office, 0207 157 3016 / gary.smith@itv.com 

Helen Wylie, Unicef Press Office, Helenw@unicef.org.uk 

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ITV is committed to continuing to grow its business in a responsible and transparent way whilst harnessing the power of the nation’s most-loved and most-watched programmes to create long-term change for good.

As a broadcaster at the heart of popular culture, ITV has the opportunity to use its reach to millions of people, to have a positive impact on society. 

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In 2015 more than 30 hours of airtime was dedicated to charitable causes through campaigns and more than £37 million contributed to charitable causes through cash, in-kind support and public donations.

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We represent sporting professionals, high profile individuals and leading brands and companies. Some of our clients include Wayne Rooney, Kasper Schmeichel, Demarai Gray, Danny Simpson, Toni Duggan and Coleen Rooney. As well as consulting for leading brands such as Ea sports, Samsung, Pringles, Nike, Jd to name a few. Triple S have successfully been involved in a number of key events and some of the biggest sports entertainment TV events in the UK including Soccer Aid, Rugby Aid, pre-season tours, Sky One’s ‘The Match’, the Alan Shearer Testimonial, Hillsborough 20th anniversary memorial match, Wayne Rooney Street Striker, Joe Calzaghe Gala Dinner and Coleen’s Real Women. The company is part of the Shepherd Offshore Group and has offices in Manchester, Newcastle, London, Dubai and Beijing.

Triple S have been the exclusive football consultant to Soccer Aid for the past 10 years.