The 30th World Stars Football Match, organised by Mauro Serra and the Star Team For The Children non-profit organisation, was a dazzling and exciting display of sportsmanship for charity. Fans gathered at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco to watch the world’s best F1 racing drivers take to the pitch and play against footballers from the AS Star Team for the Children. Both teams showed off their football skills in front of myriads of happy spectators.
Monaco’s own Charles Leclerc, as well as Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz Jr and Pierre Gasly (but not Max Verstappen this year) participated in the charity football match prior to the Monaco GP alongside a select number from pre-programmed-to-play team-mates for the F1 team Giancarlo Fisichella, Sébastien Frey, Pecco Bagnaia, Ivan Capelli, Giancarlo Fisichella, Antonio Giovinazzi, Jorge Lorenzo and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
All of this took place with the unwavering attention of Daniil Medvedev who arranged the ceremonial kick-off. Recent winner of the Rome Masters 1000, he then continued to be so engrossed in the match, one might have thought he was playing a Grand Slam.
During the match, Carlos Sainz experienced a thigh and ankle injury and was treated by the medical team. Let’s hope he will be fully fit to race for podium with Charles Leclerc in the Monaco Grand Prix.
This 30th edition of the World Stars Football Match like the previous ones, raised funds to support the Star Team for the Children association, which helps underprivileged children.
Present at the meeting, the Sovereign presented the victory trophy after the final whistle. Earlier, he kicked off the second half.
Star Team for the Children was created in 1993 by HSH Prince Albert II and racer Mauro Serra.