Super Eagles legend reunites with ex-Chelsea stars in Madrid

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 24/06/2019

Super Eagles great Celestine Babayaro reunites with former Chelsea teammates in Santigo Benerbue during the legends game against Real Madrid in the Corazon Classic Charity Match.

The 40-year ex-Nigeria international feature for the Blues in 5-4 to Los Blancos with Raul and two Fernando Morientes goals put the hosts 3-0 up after 20 minutes in the encounter, Andriy Shevchenko and Gustavo Poyet scored for the Premier League outfit.

However, Christian Karembeu extends Real Madrid lead but his fellow France compatriots William Gallas pulled one back for Chelsea before Raul hit penalty as Florent Malouda scored as 60,000 supporters turned out for the charity match in Spain.

Babayaro, who later played for Newcastle United, was Chelsea’s most expensive teenager when he joined the club from Anderlecht in 1997 for a transfer fee of £2.25 million.

The defender made nearly 200 appearances for the Blues and won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, FA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup during his time with the club

In the previous nine seasons dethroned Champions League holders have played this game, they have not lost, while the west London Legends formed at the end of last season

Chelsea Legends: Carlo Cudicini (Henrique Hilario h-t); Frank Sinclair (Dennis Wise 39) (Gustavo Poyet 68), Marcel Desailly (c) (Ricardo Carvalho 28), William Gallas (Frank Sinclair 75) Juliano Belletti, Eddie Newton (Claude Makelele 28), Tiago, Celestine Babayaro (Danny Granville 33); Gustavo Poyet (Andriy Shevchenko 59); Florent Malouda, Andriy Shevchenko (Tore Andre Flo h-t) (Gianfranco Zola 63).

Scorers: Shevchenko 23 pen, Poyet 34, Gallas 45, Malouda 66.


Real Madrid Legends: Cesar Sanchez (Koke Contreras h-t), Alvaro Arbeloa (Jose Amavisca 66), Ricardo Carvalho (Ivan Campo 25), Fernando Sanz (Fernando Hierro h-t) (Victor Sanchez del Amo 50), Jose Amavisca (Antonio Nunez h-t), Christian Karembeu, Claude Makelele (Alberto Rivera 25), Raul (Javier Balboa 57), Guti (Julio Llorente 39), Fernando Morientes (Alfonso Perez 55), Julio Baptista (Edwin Congo 45).

Scorers: Raul 11, 50 pen, Morientes 14, 20, Karembeu 36