Former Real Madrid and Barcelona stars in Lebanon for El Clasico of Legends

Former Real Madrid and Barcelona stars in Lebanon for El Clasico of Legends
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Former Real Madrid and Barcelona players arrived in Lebanon Thursday, with the storied Spanish clubs set to square off in the “El Clasico of Legends” Friday at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium in Beirut at 8:30 p.m.

Among the participants will be World Cup winner Ronaldinho, now an ambassador for Barcelona.

The former Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG player endeared himself to the local politicians Thursday, among them Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Other La Liga stars of the past to feature in Friday’s match include: Gianluca Zambrotta, Juan Carlos, Gheorghe Popescu, Juliano Belletti, Eric Abidal, Gaizka Mendieta, Edgar Davids, Ludovic Giuly, Luis Garc?a, Simao Sabrosa Fernando Morientes, Roberto Carlos, Fernando Sanz and Christian Karembeu,.

Rafael Garcia, who made 58 appearances for Real Madrid during his playing career, will lead the Los Blancos alumni Friday.

“I’m very happy to be in Lebanon. The people here are amazing and the organization excellent,” the 59-year-old told a news conference in Beirut Friday.

“Our players are very excited for the match tomorrow [Friday].

“The defense of our colors is a very big responsibility, something we are aware of because we are part of this historic club that has won many trophies,” Garcia added.

Captaining the Real side will be three-time Champions League winner Morientes, who scored 72 goals during his eight-year spell at the club.

“We are here to show everyone that football is a global language,” the 41-year said.

In the dugout for Barcelona will be Jose Mari Bakero, who dedicated eight years of his life to the Catalans, amassing 260 appearances and scoring 72 goals in the process.

“Spain has the best league in the world and the game will be a great chance for the Lebanese to experience such a historic rivalry,” he said.

“We hope we can live up to Lebanon’s expectations, especially Real Madrid and Barcelona fans.”

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