Soccer Aid chaos as legend pulls out of charity match just hours before kick-off at Stamford Bridge

ROBERTO CARLOS has pulled out of Soccer Aid just hours before kick-off.

The charity football match is set to start at 7.30pm tonight at Stamford Bridge.

Roberto Carlos will not play in Soccer Aid tonightRex Features

An England team made up of celebrities and ex-footballers will take on a World XI.

However the World XI have been rocked as Carlos has pulled out of the match.

The Brazilian is arguably one of the biggest footballing names that was expected to feature.

The 51-year-old confirmed that he would not be playing on social media.

He wrote: “Unfortunately, I’m unable to make tonight’s Soccer Aid for UNICEF match at Stamford Bridge.

“Good luck to all the players – and remember to donate.”

Irish star World XI striker Robbie Keane replied to the post.

He said: “We will miss you my friend.”


England also had their own injury concern as Made in Chelsea star Sam Thompson had a trip to the physio room on Saturday.

The annual charity match is the biggest in the world and since 2006 has raised more than £90million in total for global children’s charity Unicef.

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SOCCER AID has been played since 2006.

It was founded by Robbie Williams and his pal Jonathan Wilkes.

It started out as a biennial event but since 2018 it has been played every year.

The match is between England and a World XI.

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The 2023 tournament was the most successful on record, raising a record-breaking £14.6m.

There will still be plenty of stars on show tonight such as Eden Hazard and Theo Walcott joining as well as retired cricketer Stuart Broad, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn and boxer Tommy Fury to name a few.

Carlos was one of the world’s best left-backs during his playing days.

He starred at Real Madrid as he played 527 times for the club winning 13 trophies.

Soccer Aid line-up 2024

FANS can’t wait for Soccer Aid to kick off on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

The FULL line-up of players has been released and it is a mix of celebrities and former pro footballers.


Frank Lampard (Co-Manager)
Harry Redknapp (Co-Manager)
Robbie Williams (Co-Manager)
Actress Vicky McClure (Coach)
Paddy McGuinness (Celebrity Goalkeeper)
David James (Professional Goalkeeper)
David Seaman (Goalkeeping Coach) 
Jill Scott (Captain)
Cricketer Stuart Broad
Actor Bobby Brazier
I’m A Celeb winner Sam Thompson
Footballer Jermain Defoe
Pundit Karen Carney
Footballer Gary Cahill
Singer Tom Grennan
Jack Wilshere
Footballer Joe Cole
Olympic hero Sir Mo Farah
Comedian Alex Brooker
Dragons’ Den star Steven Bartlett
Actress Erin Doherty
Footballer Ellen White
Footballer Theo Walcott
Actor Danny Dyer
YouTuber Miniminter
Sports promoter Eddie Hearn
Former hockey star Sam Quek
Night Manager actor Tom Hiddleston
Sidemen star Billy Wingrove (Soccer and skills coach for both sides)

World XI

Mauricio Pochettino (Manager)
Jesus Perez (Coach)
Usain Bolt (Captain)
Footballer Eden Hazard 
Boxer and reality star Tommy Fury
Comedian Maisie Adam
Gladiator Diamond
Footballer Roberto Carlos
Actor Martin Compston
Presenter Roman Kemp
Comedian Lee Mack
YouTube Theo Baker
Footballer Kaylyn Kyle
Comedian Jason Manford
Footballer John Obi Mikel
Footballer Michael Essien
Footballer Patrice Evra
Footballer Petr Cech (Professional Goalkeeper)
Boxer Tony Bellew (Celebrity Goalkeeper)
Footballer Alessandro Del Piero
Actor Emmett J Scanlan
Spain footballer Olga Garcia
France footballer Kheira Hamraoui

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