In just 33 days Montreal and Stade Saputo will host two-times former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho for the second time in his illustrious, success-strewn career.
Tickets are selling well for the event, with 6,000 snapped up already.
Part of the first edition of Montreal’s Legends of Soccer Weekend, the game as announced at the end of April, will feature a Brazilian Legends XI selected by the man himself, and a Montreal Impact Legends XI under the guidance of former captain, Patrice Bernier, who’s looking forward immensely to once again treading the turf he once graced. The principal last left the stage in October 2017.
Said Bernier, “When I was offered to play against Ronaldinho, I could not refuse. I said to myself he is not just a world star, he’s also a champion, someone who has picked up all at the individual and collective level.”
“That the public have responded so quickly to the first announcement of the event is very touching! There is still a month left to the event.”
A complete listing of the two tams will be made public shortly.
“It’s a good start for ticket sales and we feel the excitement of the public to come and warmly welcome Ronaldinho. We are very happy, so far,” said Frantz Saintellemy, chairman of the board and co-founder of Group 3737, the event’s promoter.
Amongst the program for the Legends Weekend is a business dinner with The Legends, festive activities and public training etc.
A call has also gone out to former international soccer players currently residing in Montreal, and the organizing committee of the event wishes for Montreal’s cultural communities to help identify other legends to highlight Montreal’s diversity in the Legends match.
It’s taken two weeks of searching and so far two Montrealers have been identified as having worn their national team colours in the 1974 World Cup hosted by West Germany. The names have not yet been disclosed, however this writer would guess at least one is Haitian.
It was in Munich in that year’s tournament that Emmanuel Sanon and little Haiti, brought to an end a run of 1,143 minutes (12+ consecutive matches) in which the great Italian goalkeeper, Dino Zoff had remained unbeaten in international football.
The organizing committee of the Montreal Legends of Soccer Weekend invites the public to find other former international players living in Montreal by communicating with the organizing committee on our site at the following link:
Tickets remain on sale for the game! Be part of it!
The 2019 Legends Match:
June 23, 2019, at 5 pm
at Saputo Stadium
Official website: www.montrealsoccerfest.com