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Socceraid 2019 selfie by Usain Bolt

Soccer Aid Raises Over $12 million for UNICEF

It’s the world’s biggest charity soccer match (or football, if that’s more your thing) and it certainly didn’t disappoint this year.

Full of big names including Sir Mo Farah, One Directioner Niall Horan and Olympian Usain Bolt, it’s no surprise Soccer Aid managed to raise a whopping AU$12 million for UNICEF.

Oh but what was the score you ask? Does it really even matter when they raised so much money to help children in need around the world (*wink*)?

Ok, we’ll save you the Google search.


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Congratulations to the #SoccerAid World XI who are champions!! What a game!!! 🌎🏆👏

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The World XI team (captained by Usain Bolt and featuring stars from all over the world) won 3 – 1 on penalties after a 2-all draw with England.

This year’s half time performance was by Rita Ora.


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Incredible half-time performance from @ritaora 💙 #SoccerAid @Unicef

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The event was originally started back in 2006 by singer and UNICEF Ambassador Robbie Williams together with his mate and TV presenter Jonathan Wilkes.

Since then Soccer Aid has raised over AU$54 million for UNICEF.

Until this year, the event was being held every two years but it’s been so successful, looks like we’re in for a yearly treat!



Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.

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