Former Arsenal and West Ham striker lines up with Ronaldo and Zidane for special match

Zinedine Zidane

Former Gunners and Hammers striker Davor Suker has been announced in the line-up for the United Nations Development Programme match against poverty in Berne.

The star-studded team includes a number of high-profile former players, including five Ballon d'Or winners in Ronaldo, Nedved, Figo, Cannavaro and Zidane.

The team will operate in a standard four-four-two formation with former European Championship winning goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis in between the sticks.

A back-four of Salgado, Hierro, Cannavaro and Maldini, all of which have won major honours at both international and club level. Salgado won the Champions League twice, Hierro three times, Maldini five times, not to mention a World Cup as well and Cannavaro, as mentioned, was named the winner of the Ballon d'Or in 2006.

Much like the defence, the midfield needs little to no introduction. The three Ballon d'Or winners Figo, Nedved and Zidane are partnered with Champions League and World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso to make up the midfield four.

Up front you're left with a player with an eye-watering amount of individual honours which include two Ballon d'Ors, A World Cup Golden Ball and a BBC Sports Personality award. Obviously, It can be none other than the Brazilian Ronaldo.

His partner upfront is Croatian legend Davor Suker, who is a player well known to Arsenal and West Ham United fans. Despite not making the impact he was billed for in the Premier League, he is still regarded as one of the greatest strikers ever for his efforts internationally and in other European leagues.

See the formation below:

The match against Poverty is an occasion which has been organised every year since 2003, at the initiative of football legends and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo, to raise awareness and mobilise public opinion for the Millennium Development Goals.

Adopted in 2000 and re-affirmed by the leaders of 191 countries at the UN Summit in 2005, the Goals seek to halve world poverty by 2015 by setting targets for rolling back hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.

And tonight some of football's greatest representatives will do their part in helping that vision one day become a reality.

image: © Raphaël Labbé

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