24th edition of World Stars Football Match
Just a few days before the start of the 74th Monaco Grand Prix, the Star Team for the Children and the F1 drivers confronted each other at the Stade Louis II in Monaco, for the 24th edition of the charity World Stars Football Match, perfectly organised under the leadership of Mauro Serra.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Honorary President of the AS Star team took time from his busy schedule to be the Captain of the Star team with “Mister” Claudio Ranieri as coach. The F1 drivers team captain was no other than Spaniard Fernando Alonso from McLaren, who changed his racing suit for a t-shirt, shorts and cleats.
F1 drivers team claimed victory but the real winners were the children
The drivers triumphed 3-1 over the Star team, and their captain Fernando Alonso received the main trophy from the hands of Prince Albert. Louis Ducruet, the Prince’s nephew also received a trophy on behalf of the Star Team.
But the real winners were the children as the proceeds of the event benefited AMADE Monaco, presided by Jean Pierre Campana. AMADE is the acronym for Association Mondiale des Amis De l’Enfance (World Association of children friends), under the Honorary Presidency of HSH Prince Albert, celebrated this year its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1966 at the initiative of H.S.H Princess Grace, who wished to create the Monegasque branch of the AMADE Mondiale she had founded in 1963. The mission of AMADE Monaco is: To foster and support the physical, moral and spiritual wellbeing of the children of the world, without any difference of race, nationality or religion in a spirit of absolute political independence.
All the celebrities on one field
The match kickoff was given by Carlos Sainz, the legend of the World Rally Championship and member of the foundation “Star Team MC”.
Among the loyal participants for the Star Team with Prince Albert as Captain were: Louis Ducruet, Marco Simone, Flavio Roma, Sebastien Frey, Max Biaggi, Jose Cobos, Loris Capirossi, Peter Fill, Everson Pereiro Da Silva, just to name a few.
The players for the F1 Drivers team, captained by Fernando Alonso, were: Felipe Massa, Kevin Magnussen, Giancarlo Fisichella, Danil Kviat, Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Gutierrez, Carlos SainZ Jr, Max Verstappen, Stefano Coletti and many more.
Everybody noticed the absence of tennisman Novak Djokovic, as the World No. 1 was due to play in Roland Garros that day, as well as that of French commentator David Ginola who had been recently hospitalized in Monaco due to a heart episode, but who is recovering well.
At the end of the match the A.S. Star Team presented their honor coach of three consecutive years Claudio Ranieri, with a special award for his outstanding coaching career after obtaining the historic title of “1st English League Champion”, this year with the Leicester City Football Club under his care since 2015.
It was an outstanding achievement by Ranieri, as it has never happened before in this prestigious championship and the professional football history, that a modest team like Leicester, whose destiny was the descent into the lower division, would become champion! The Mister is a miracle maker!
During the Press Conference that took place before the match, local and international journalists had the chance to interview Claudio Ranieri, and at the end he received a special gift from Italian jewellers Gemelli & Co.
Generous sponsors & partners
This solidarity event was made possible thanks to the generous support of Andy Khawaja, CEO of Allied Wallet, plus the participation of loyal partners like: Hublot, Radio Monte-Carlo, Marriott Riviera, La Stampa, Sartor, BAC Monaco, Jaguar, Land-Rover, M&G, Lauquen, Wellington, Sky and Carrefour.
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” John Bunyan