The filming took place in some of the poorest parts of Mexico City, including in the slums of Iztapalapa. Robbie and Soccer Aid co-founder, Jonathan Wilkes, spent time with a five year old boy called Alberto, and his five brother and sisters, who live hand to mouth in cramped, dirty conditions and at risk of abuse and disease. They also visited a shelter which helps children and their families by giving them a safe place to sleep as well as clean water to drink and nutritious food to eat.
“Meeting children in Mexico City really showed me how dangerous the world can be for a child and how hard it can be for them to even survive. Right now, children are suffering and it shouldn’t be like this.
Soccer Aid is so great because it helps children just like this, living unbelievably tough lives all around the world, to have a better future. It’s also a brilliant football match, and I can tell you it’s going to be bigger and better than ever this year. Why’s that? Well, I’m definitely going to get the winner’s cup back from Michael Sheen."
Among the stars set to take part in Soccer Aid are John Bishop, Olly Murs, JLS, Will Ferrell, Gerard Butler, Mike Myers and Gordon Ramsay. Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will help save and change children’s lives around the world.
Tickets are available from Manchester United’s website.
Source: UNICEF UK