Ronaldinho, Falcao, Pogba, Dybala in Fort Lauderdale game

Brazilian legends Ronaldinho (left) and Roberto Carlos (right) lead a star-studded lineup for the “Beautiful Game” celebrity match at DRV PNK Stadium on June 18, 2022.

Brazilian legends Ronaldinho (left) and Roberto Carlos (right) lead a star-studded lineup for the “Beautiful Game” celebrity match at DRV PNK Stadium on June 18, 2022.

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South Florida soccer fans don’t have to wait four years to watch World Cup stars in person.

On Saturday, two days after Miami was named a host city for the 2026 World Cup, an impressive collection of soccer stars – some former, some current – are playing a celebrity game at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

“The Beautiful Game”, as the 6:30 pm event is being billed, organized by Brazilian legends Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos.

Among the big names expected to participate on Team Roberto Carlos: former Miami Fusion / Colombia playmaker Carlos Valderrama, former AC Milan and Brazilian national team player Cafu, Real Madrid’s Eder Militao, Chilean Inter Milan player Arturo Vidal, former Barcelona and Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov , Colombian forward Radamel Falcao, Real Madrid’s Mariano, and French star David Trezeguet.

Ronaldinho’s team features: France / Manchester United player Paul Pogba, former Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita, Mexican former Barcelona player Rafa Marquez, Argentina / Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, former French national team and Inter Miami player Blaise Matuidi, Real Madrid’s Vinicius and Patrick Kluivert, who played for the Netherlands and Barcelona.

Others scheduled to attend include Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash and the Heat’s Jimmy Butler, both of whom are diehard soccer fans; former NFL star Chad Ochocinco, Colombian recording artist Blessd, and Brazilian artist Romero Britto.

“In the absence of a major football event happening this summer, we wanted to fill the void for soccer fans everywhere by bringing futbol legends and iconic stars to South Florida,” said Ronaldinho, the electric midfielder who played for Paris Saint-Germain, FC. Barcelona, ​​AC Milan and Brazil’s national team.

Carlos, the former Real Madrid left back, added: “South Florida is known for a diverse and culturally prosperous community and DRV PNK Stadium is the perfect place for us to celebrate the game we love with some of our closest friends and soccer supporters.”

Tickets for Saturday’s game are available through Ticketmaster.

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Miami Herald sportswriter Michelle Kaufman has covered 14 Olympics, six World Cups, Wimbledon, US Open, NCAA Basketball Tournaments, NBA Playoffs, Super Bowls and has been the soccer writer and University of Miami basketball beat writer for 25 years. She was born in Frederick, Md., And grew up in Miami.

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