Michael Essien & Marcel Desailly To Play For Chelsea Legends Against Real Madrid Legends

Michael Essien will play for Chelsea legends game against Real Madrid legends at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on 23 June 23 in a charity match.

The midfielder will be facing one of his former clubs after featuring for the Spanish giants during the 2012-2013 season. Essien recently signed for Azerbaijani side FC Sabail to postpone his retirement.

Ghana-born ex-France international, Marcel Desailly will play for the Blues alongside Eidur Gudjohnsen and Ricardo Carvalho among others.

The 10th edition of the annual Corazon Classic Match would also see players such as Raul, Roberto Carlos, Steve McManaman, Alvaro Arbeloa, Luis Figo, Fernando Redondo, and Zinedine Zidane as names likely to feature for the Los Blanco.

Speaking during a ceremony, Real Madrid president Fiorentino Perez, said it was their commitment to unite the people through sports and hope the game would live a lasting memory on the minds of those who love the game.

"This event has already become a traditional and endearing appointment. It is a commitment by the world of football to ensure solidarity and with the strength of this sport to unite people.

''This stadium, which has seen the best players in history, gets together every year for the legends of the best football clubs in the world. And next Sunday June 23 there will be the chance to generate enthusiasm and hope for many children who experience injustices and inequalities.

''Real Madrid legends and Chelsea Legends will play a game that will surely be unforgettable for those of us who love this sport."