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David Beckham is to front a new advert to highlight the urgent need for mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of malaria during the lead-up to this year’s Champions League final.

“It’s truly incredible to think we can stop this killer disease forever and it’s such a simple ask, for less than the cost of a football you can protect a family from dying,” said Beckham. "I urge the UK public to get behind the Malaria No More UK campaign to buy a net, save a life and make malaria no more."

The ad – which shows the football legend kicking a penalty into a goal with no net – aims to raise awareness of the disease and encourage people to donate to the charity. Viewers of the final – to be held between Barcelona and Manchester United on May 27 – in the UK can push the red button on their Sky remote to learn more about the organization and donate to the cause.

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