Dimitar Berbatov reunites Manchester United legends for fundraising game
Dimitar Berbatov rolled back the years on Wednesday as he captained a team of Manchester United legends against Luis Figo's All Stars.
The veteran striker, currently a free agent after leaving PAOK Salonika, was joined by old United pals Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra , Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar for the charity match in his native Bulgaria.
He also drafted in David James, Robbie Keane, Hristo Stoichkov, Krasmir Balakov, Stiliyan Petrov and Martin Petrov — none of whom played for the Red Devils — to bolster his side.
Berbatov, 36, and Co faced a star-studded Figo team boasting Roberto Carlos, Robert Pires, Deco, David Trezeguet, Christian Karembeu, Dwight Yorke, Michel Salgado, Maxwell and Jari Litmanen.
Speaking before the game at The Vasil Levski National Stadium, the forward said: "It will be the first time Bulgaria has seen so many huge stars in one place, brought together by the cause of charity.
"Together with them and with you who will come to the stadium, we will contribute to the better tomorrow."
Keane, who played alongside Berbatov at Tottenham, added: "Football is a sport that unites. This is its main goal, this is the main goal of the match in Sofia.
"We, the footballers, are incredibly lucky to be paid for what we love to do. I want to help more children follow their dreams. I'm very happy to be here."
Profits from the game were donated to two children's charities chosen by Berbatov and Figo.
Former Spurs boss Martin Jol said: "A great occasion to be here in Sofia. When Berbatov told me what stars he had invited for the game, I was very pleasantly surprised. Our relationship with him is perfect."