Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 14 December 2019

Italian football legends Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti don Saudi national dress

The former World Cup winners were in Riyadh to play a testimonial match for retired Saudi star Yasser Al Qahtani

Francesco Totti and Andrea Pirlo in Saudi national dress. Courtesy Yasser Al Qahtani Snapchat. 
Francesco Totti and Andrea Pirlo in Saudi national dress. Courtesy Yasser Al Qahtani Snapchat. 

Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti swapped their Italian cut bespoke suits for a dapper Saudi look when they visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The football greats were in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on Sunday night to play in a testimonial game for former Al Hilal and Saudi national team striker Yasser Al Qahtani.

The two Italians, who were teammates at Italy's victorious 2006 World Cup, were joined by other retired legends including Samuel Eto'o, Robin Van Persie, and Ronaldinho.

UAE national team and Al Jazira superstar Omar Abdulrahman was among the players invited to take part in the testimonial.

The King Fahad stadium in Riyadh was filled with fans who wanted to see off the prolific striker in style.

The friendly exhibition match was played between Al Hilal and a World XI, which lasted 60 minutes and ended 5-4 to Al Hilal.

Yasser Al Qahtani walked out at the 55th minute to roaring applause from the fans and the respect shown to him by his peers on the pitch.

Updated: December 2, 2019 12:52 PM

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