Recently, I took the three hour trip down to Manchester to see the UNICEF charity match between Great Britain and Ireland XI and Rest of the World XI. The teams were star studded with the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Luis Figo, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and the king himself, Ronaldinho, all featuring. The match fulfilled a childhood dream of mine which was to see Ronaldinho play live in the flesh so you could imagine how good of a day this was for me. The match started with the teams and every one was met with a cheers from the crowd until Jamie Carragher came about. Comedy boos met Carragher's name announcement, of course in reference to the Liverpool vs Manchester United rivalry.
The game started off well and you could see these ex-professionals hadn't lost their touches (not all of the players have retired though) and you could see the quality they once donned the pitch with week in and week out. Ronaldinho was trying his little tricks, Seedorf also. Beckham was providing his signature crosses from the right hand side, one of which was met by Paul Scholes who nodded one home for the opening goal.
The game continued with the same quality throughout, the ROW not actually shooting all that much. The GB team went 2-0 up when Michael Owen scored a type of goal he mastered in his days, a poach. 2-1 came when Dwight Yorke netted at Old Trafford once again but team GB wrapped it up when Owen scored again by capitalising on a goalkeeping mistake. However, a highlight moment from the game was when David Beckham was subbed off, only to return two minutes later, for his son Brooklyn. An exchange met with delight from many, including every pass which occurred between the two. Even Brooklyn can whip in a cross like his father.
Overall, the day was incredible. A 6-hour round trip to see the game, a match full of players I've dreamed of seeing live and even witnessing the king in the flesh, Ronaldinho. I'm still on a buzz that it happened.
The day was actually a surprise for my 18th birthday from my sister. I travelled down to her place at Nottingham only to be surprised with tickets to the game and after a journey, in the rain (doesn't really matter considering we were in a car), filled with a lot of traffic, it was totally worth it. Anything for futbol! The LBF life.
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