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Usain Bolt adds Clarence Seedorf and Robert Pires to Soccer Aid XI





  • Usain Bolt has added Clarence Seedorf and Robert Pires to his Soccer Aid team
  • The AC Milan and Arsenal legends add all-star quality to Bolt's World XI side
  • The game sees celebrities and football icons compete to raise funds for charity 
  • Soccer Aid takes place at Manchester United's Old Trafford on June 10, 2018

By Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Published: 14:13 EDT, 21 March 2018 | Updated: 14:13 EDT, 21 March 2018

If Usain Bolt is looking for mentors ahead of his footballing debut at Old Trafford this summer, the Jamaican has recruited smartly by signing up Clarence Seedorf and Robert Pires for Soccer Aid. 

Bolt's World XI go head-to-head with Robbie Williams' England side on June 10 with AC Milan legend Seedorf and Arsenal Invincible Pires adding genuine quality to his ranks. 

While Pires is to make his Soccer Aid debut, Seedorf excelled in his last appearance in 2014. 

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Clarence Seedorf has joined Usain Bolt's World XI team for this summer's Soccer Aid match
Clarence Seedorf has joined Usain Bolt's World XI team for this summer's Soccer Aid match

Clarence Seedorf has joined Usain Bolt's World XI team for this summer's Soccer Aid match

Arsenal Invincibles icon Robert Pires has also been added for the charity game in Manchester
Arsenal Invincibles icon Robert Pires has also been added for the charity game in Manchester

Arsenal Invincibles icon Robert Pires has also been added for the charity game in Manchester

The former AC Milan and Real Madrid legend famously scored a hat-trick as his side beat England 4-2 – the last time England tasted defeat in the charity match.

Chef Gordon Ramsey was Bolt's first recruit but Pires, a 1998 World Cup winner with France, and Seedorf, a four-time Champions League winner, provide quality among the game's best. 

'I haven’t been involved since 2014 and England have won, so what does that tell you?!' Seedorf said following the announcement.  

'This is always a game that I look forward to and I think our team is already looking stronger than ever – we want to win again! Most importantly Soccer Aid for Unicef helps children worldwide and that is why I’m only too happy to lend my support.' 

Usain Bolt will captain a World XI in the Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford on June 10
Usain Bolt will captain a World XI in the Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford on June 10

Usain Bolt will captain a World XI in the Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford on June 10

The showpiece charity match has seen huge names from the world of sport and entertainment join forces for charity and since it started 12 years ago, the match has raised £24million for Unicef.  

Seedorf and Pires will have met plenty of characters throughout their illustrious playing careers but few would have matched up to their captain for this event.

Bolt called time on his athletics career and his long-standing ambition to play for Manchester United could gain momentum with a dazzling performance in front of a sold-out Old Trafford - he rarely goes hiding on the big occasions. 

Over the coming weeks, the England vs. Soccer Aid World XI rivalry is set to intensify further, with some of football’s biggest legends and celebrities set to join Ramsay, Bolt, Mo Farah, Williams and now Seedorf and Pires in the growing line-ups.

Tickets for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Old Trafford are available now at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018 with tickets priced between £10 and £50. 

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