A group of 32 football legends will be touring Asia starting December 5 – all for a good cause.
The Global Legends Series, the brainchild of World Cup-winning defender Cannavaro, was launched in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week by Cannavaro, Michael Owen and Patrick Kluivert, and R.AGE was there to speak with the trio.
Fans will get to see the trio and other legends such as Luis Figo, Fabien Barthez, Robbie Fowler and Andriy Shevchenko, allowing the former footballers to also raise awareness for charities selected by GLS. Funds will also be raised for youth development programmes.
“I wanted to do more (with GLS), and that is to leave a legacy wherever we play,” said Cannavaro, who co-founded the project with James Davies-Yandle.
“GLS will be able to start delivering these legacy ideas with youth initiatives and charitable awareness in all the countries we play.”
The first of four GLS matches will take place at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on Dec 5 before moving on to China, Japan and finally Kuala Lumpur. Dates for the three matches after Thailand have not been confirmed.
“I think it’s important to captivate the imagination of young footballers in Asia. We’d all like to see more and more Asian players coming through and playing in leagues like the English Premier League,” said former Liverpool and Manchester United star Owen.
Cannavaro was sitting right next to us earlier. He’s a real friendly guy! pic.twitter.com/6Q3mlgmxjx
— R.AGE (@thestar_rage) October 27, 2014
According to Dutch legend Kluivert, today’s footballers have a huge responsibility to help in the development of the younger generation.
“Footballers today have to be role models, because there are so many young people looking up to you. And you need to show them what is right and what is wrong,” said the former Barcelona star.
For more info on GLS, go to www.glsfootball.com.