Ronaldo, Zidane play in Anti-Poverty match
MALAGA, Spain -- AC Milan's Ronaldo and retired French international Zinedine Zidane returned to Spain for the first time since their playing days at Real Madrid to face each other in a United Nations charity match on Monday.
Ronaldo and Zidane are goodwill ambassadors for UNDP, a United Nations development program that organized the fifth Match Against Poverty. Zidane scored from a free kick and set up the other in a 2-2 draw before 33,000 fans at La Rosaleda.
Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher and golfer Sergio Garcia also played.
Zidane was mobbed by children -- and some young adults -- after they broke through security barriers before the start of the match, the former Madrid maestro's first on Spanish soil in a year and a half.
He sent his free kick into the defensive wall in the 11th minute, deflecting to beat diving FC Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Zidane's shot in the 44th minute hit the post, but the rebound landed at Roque Junior's feet for an easy score.
"I'm very tired," joked Zidane after coming off in the 57th. "But for as long as I can, I will continue to play in this game."
Ronaldo, who left Madrid in January and was playing his first match of the year because of injuries, had his side's best chance in the opening half when he managed a shot from close range that was knocked away by Peter Jehle.
"I'm very happy. The fans have been fantastic," Ronaldo said after being replaced by Almeria's Alvaro Negredo in the 30th minute. "We're famous people. Fans follow us and listen to us, so we need to use this for a good cause."
Julios Dos Santos' header in the 61st cut the lead in half before Negredo equalized four minutes later.
Schumacher, who had several chances, had a shot from close in sail wide in the 82nd minute. Garcia, playing down the left wing, set up Sevilla striker Renato for two close chances in the final minutes.
Pierluigi Collina of Italy came out of retirement to referee the match for the second straight year.