Legends of the game gathered with the clowns as they always do at the start of each entertaining instalment of the Fight AIDS CUP, now in its fourth edition at the Stade Louis II on Monday, January.

Many fans filled the stadium in support of their favourite players, with all proceeds from ticket sales going directly to Fight AIDS Monaco.

HSH Prince Albert’s Barbagiuans, the defending champions of the Fight AIDS Cup, were joined on the pitch by Princess Stephanie’s Cirque FC, looking stronger than ever with the likes of Claude Makéléle, Clarence Seedorf and Robert Pires to name just a few in the team sheet.

Captained by Louis Ducruet, the Barbagiuans boasted Philippe Mexès and Ricardo Carvalho, alongside other greats and the returning Charles Leclerc.

The Ferrari F1 driver put in big shift on the pitch, of course wearing number 16 on a special edition Barbagiuan jersey, this year celebrating the centenary of Prince Rainier III.

Cirque FC were the first to score, finding the back of the net with a low ball to make it 1-0 before they surged on to make it 0-3.

Seemingly down, but not out, Ducruet and the Barbagiuans picked up the pace and scored two goals in retaliation, making for an exciting 2-3 scoreline. However, the full time whistle marked victory for Cirque FC, who gleefully lifted the Fight AIDS Trophy again.

Despite the defeat, Barbagiuans captain Louis Ducruet took the time sign some young fan’s balls

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