Tickets go on sale for Dubai Football Challenge: Real Madrid vs AC Milan

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla (second left), Emirates; Emilio Butragueno (Real Madrid); Franco Baresi (AC Milan) and Hamad Bin Mejren, DTCM, at the launch of the Dubai Football Challenge. (SUPPLIED)

Tickets are on sale for the Dubai Football Challenge between European giants Real Madrid and AC Milan to be held at The Sevens Stadium on December 30.

The mega friendly featuring Real 'galacticos' Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are expected to be a sell out.

AC Milan stars include former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, Keisuke Honda and Italian forward Stephan El Shaarawy who is of Egyptian descent.

Priced at Dh200, tickets are available at Virgin Megastore and Time Out Outlets.

This blockbuster clash featuring reigning European champions Real Madrid and AC Milan, winners of 18 international titles, is expected to draw a capacity crowd of 40,000.

Two of the European club’s legendary ex-players and Ambassadors - Franco Baresi of AC Milan and Emilio Butragueño of Real Madrid – spoke of their respective club’s excitement to be playing in front of their fans in the Middle East.

Hamad Mohammed Bin Mejren, Executive Director of Dubai Convention and Events Bureau at Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, a co-ordinating partner of the Dubai Football Challenge, said: “Welcoming footballing giants Real Madrid and AC Milan to Dubai marks a truly magnificent end to what has been a fantastic year for football. Thanks to the World Cup, we have seen the obsession with the beautiful game hit fever pitch amongst locals, expats and visitors alike, so it’s the perfect time to bring this world-class match to the emirate.

“Not only has 2014 been a record year for football, but also for our city, which is both honoured and incredibly proud to be playing host to Real Madrid and AC Milan. Of course, the emirate is no stranger to welcoming such momentous sporting events; already hosting some of the world’s largest tournaments. With this in mind, it’s clear that Dubai is fast-becoming a global destination for sporting events and the 30th December is a very exciting date for the city.”
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice-President, Commercial Operations, Centre, said: “Emirates is pleased to be working with DTCM to bring two of our major sports sponsorship partners, and two of the biggest football clubs in the world, to our home city for the Dubai Football Challenge. By working with clubs, teams and events around the world we are able to connect fans with their passions; whether football, rugby or horse racing and we are now able to do this for our customers here in the UAE in December. We are sure fans will be thrilled by the opportunity to see some of the world’s best players here in Dubai.”

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