World Stars defeat Rangers Legends 3-2 at Ibrox stadium

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26
Mar

Celebration at Ibrox

Rangers FC marked its 150th anniversary in style by performing a match between Rangers Legends and Luis Figo's World Stars. They are the first major European club to reach its 150th anniversary.

 

The Ibrox stadium in the sun. Credit to PA
The Ibrox stadium in the sun. Credit: PA

 

Cracking day at Ibrox. Credit to SNS Group
Cracking day at Ibrox. Credit: SNS Group

 

Fans waiting for their heroes to arrive. Credit to The Scottish Sun
Fans waiting for their heroes to arrive. Credit: The Scottish Sun

 

Rangers' supporters at the fan zone. Credit to Alan MacGregor Ewing
Rangers' supporters at the fan zone. Credit: Alan MacGregor Ewing

 

Fans visiting the club shop prior to kick off. Credit to Alan MacGregor Ewing
Fans visiting the club shop prior to kick off. Credit: Alan MacGregor Ewing

 

The star-studded clash started at 3 pm GMT on 26 March 2022 and was not aired on TV. For obvious reasons, tickets were in high demand, being sold to season ticket holders, priced at £22 for adults, £13 for concessions, and only £5 for juniors. The legends rolled back the unforgettable fantastic years for the mesmerized crowd of just over 38,000 while Alex McLeish managed the Gers one more time.

 

Former Light Blues boss Alex McLeish arrives at Ibrox to lead Rangers Legends today. Credit to SNS Group
Former Light Blues boss Alex McLeish arrives at Ibrox to lead Rangers Legends today. Credit: SNS Group

 

Both teams entering to the Ibrox stadium. Credit to The Rangers
Both teams entering to the Ibrox stadium. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Rangers Legends: Ronald Wattereus, Marvin Andrews, Shota Arveladze (half for each team), Kris Boyd, Ronald De Boer, Barry Ferguson, Alan Hutton, Nacho Novo, Saša Papac, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Gregory Vignal.

SUBS: Neil Alexander (GK), Jörg Albertz, Paul Gascoigne, Nikica Jelavić, Pedro Mendes, Michael Mols, Alex Rae, Rod Wallace, Craig Moore.

 

A Rangers Legends team pose pre-match. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Rangers Legends pose pre-match. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

World Legends: Jens Lehmann, Éric Abidal, José Bosingwa, Luís Figo, Gheorghe Hagi, Kaka, Roy MaKaay, Claude Makélélé, Carlos Marchena, Ricardo Quaresma, Míchel Salgado.

SUBS: David James (GK), Shota Arveladze (half for each team), Nuno Gomes, Christian Karembeu, Florent Malouda, Predrag Mijatović, Robert Pires, Ricardo Costa, Theo Baker.

 

World Legends team pose pre-match. Credit to Theo Baker
World Legends team pose pre-match. Credit: Theo Baker

 

World football icon Luís Figo captained a galaxy of superstars against a Rangers Legends team at Ibrox stadium. Commenting on the announcement, Luís Figo said: “I have many fond memories of Glasgow thanks to winning the UEFA Champions League there in 2002 and the Weekend of Legends at Ibrox is set to be another memorable occasion. I’m looking forward to captaining a team that will include former World Cup, Champions League and Ballon D’Or winners and best of all, the weekend will raise important funds for my foundation which supports children around the globe".

 

World XI captain Luis Figo oozes class. Credit to SNS Group
World XI captain Luis Figo oozes class. Credit: SNS Group

 

Shota Arveladze, 49, a Georgian professional football manager and former player at Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, Ajax, Rangers, AZ, Levante, and current manager of EFL Championship club Hull City, was named for both Rangers Legends and Luis Figo's World Stars teams. At the very end of the first half (38 mins), the noted Georgian footballer opened the score with a stunning header from Ronald de Boer’s cross, sanding one of his best signature balls into the top corner. 1:0!

 

Shota Arveladze scored during the match between Rangers legends and World stars. Credit to The Rangers
Shota Arveladze scored during the match between Rangers legends and World stars. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Shota Arveladze scored during the match between Rangers legends and World stars. Credit to The Rangers
Shota Arveladze scored during the match between Rangers legends and World stars. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Shota Arveladze scored during the match between Rangers legends and World stars. Credit to The Rangers
Shota Arveladze scored during the match between Rangers legends and World stars. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

The Rangers FC fans cheer at Shota Arveladze scoring for the Rangers Legends. Credit to The Rangers
The Rangers FC fans cheer at Shota Arveladze scoring for the Rangers Legends. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Shota Arveladze celebrates as he gives Rangers Legends a first-half lead. Credit to SNS Group
Shota Arveladze celebrates as he gives Rangers Legends a first-half lead. Credit: SNS Group

 

Alex McLeish is back in the dugout. Credit to SNS Group
Alex McLeish is back in the dugout. Credit: SNS Group

 

In the second half (53 mins), Carlos Marchena headed the ball past Neil Alexander from a wonderful Kaka cross. 1-1!

 

Match of football legends. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Match of football legends. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Match of football legends. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Match of football legends. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Match of football legends. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Match of football legends. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Host of legends. Credit to SNS Group
Host of legends. Credit: SNS Group

 

Shortly after (60 mins), World Legends got the leading goal when Nuno Gomes managed to slot another past Neil Alexander from a brilliant Figo pass. 1-2!

 

Match of football legends. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Match of football legends. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Match of football legends. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Match of football legends. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Match of football legends. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Match of football legends. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Match of football legends. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Match of football legends. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Match of football legends. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Match of football legends. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

15 minutes to the end of the game (75 mins), Luis Figo’s squad made it 1-3 when Ricardo Quaresma finally found the net with the outside of his right boot after countless attempts throughout the match and bent a beauty into the corner.

 

Paul Gascoigne is on the pitch. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Paul Gascoigne is on the pitch. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

Paul Gascoigne scores the final victory goal at Ibrox. Credit to UK Style Yahoo/Christopher Jack
Paul Gascoigne scores the final victory goal at Ibrox. Credit: UK Style Yahoo/Christopher Jack

 

Match of football legends. Credit to The Rangers (rangers.co.uk)
Match of football legends. Credit: rangers.co.uk

 

At 77 mins Paul Gascoigne entered the pitch as the nine-in-a-row legend made his long-awaited return to Ibrox. Within three minutes (80 mins) the legendary Gazza scored the final goal, sending a ferocious ball from within the World Legends box past David James to end the scoreline 2-3 and won Man of the Match.

 

Paul Gascoigne (L) and Luis Figo (R) at the end of the game. Credit to SNS Group/Football Scotland
Paul Gascoigne (L) and Luis Figo (R) at the end of the game. Credit: SNS Group/Football Scotland

 

As part of the celebration, Rangers made a donation to the Luís Figo Foundation, which was established in 2003 to support education, health and sports for children and young people across the world.

 

Portuguese legend Luis Figo spoke to RangersTV after the victory for the World XI against the Rangers Legends. Credit to Gactif
Portuguese legend Luis Figo spoke to RangersTV after the victory for the World XI against the Rangers Legends. Credit: Gactif

 

Portuguese Legend Luis Figo spoke to RangersTV after the victory for the World XI against the Rangers Legends.

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After the memorable game, a special dinner took place on the Saturday evening of March 26.

 

Historical match highlights from Theo Baker