As the world prepares for this weekend's final, artworld stars and world-class footballers are teaming up to celebrate the Brazilian World Cup and raise vital funds for charity. Footballs signed by Brazilian legends including Pelé, Ronaldo and Romário have been transformed into artworks by some of our favourite contemporary artists including Static and Pure Evil.
Static have paired up with Zico and Pure Evil has joined forces with Raí. The other dream teams include David Luiz and Inkie; Falcão and Pakpoom Silaphan; Neymar and Richie Culver; Oscar and Tolleck Winner; Romário and Cibelle; Pelé and Rob & Nick Carter; Ronaldo and Nasser Azam; Ronaldinho and Patrick Hughes; Ramirez and Jimmy Galvin.
The balls are being auctioned off today in a private event at the Embassy of Brazil by celebrity auctioneer Jon Baddeley from Bonhams Auctioneers. Proceeds from the auction will go to Action for Brazil’s Children Trust (ABC Trust), which supports grassroots community projects to transform the lives of the most vulnerable kids in Brazil.