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Robbie Williams, Michael Sheen celebrate Soccer Aid's £4.9 million

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Soccer Aid helped raise £4.9 million for children's charity UNICEF.

The fourth bi-annual charity football match - created by Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes - broke records by raising its highest amount so far, with the UK government matching all public donations pound for pound.

Michael Sheen and Robbie Williams at Soccer Aid

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Olly Murs at Old Trafford for Soccer Aid.

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Will Ferrell, Gerard Butler, Edward Norton, Olly Murs and Gordon Ramsay were among the celebrities taking part in this year's event, which took place at Old Trafford on May 27.

Robbie Williams, UNICEF UK Ambassador, said: "I'm still basking in the glory of England's win and so pleased that this has been the best Soccer Aid yet with almost £5 million raised for UNICEF – for children.

"Thank you so so much to everyone who donated on the night or bought a ticket to the match - we couldn't have done it without you."

Michael Sheen, Rest of the World captain, added: "It was amazing to get back on the Old Trafford pitch this year and, despite not retaining our trophy from 2010, it was the most incredible year yet.

"Thanks to the pound-for-pound matching from the UK government we were able to raise more money than ever before which will help UNICEF reach so many more children with life-saving care like vaccines and emergency food."

Soccer Aid's funds will help UNICEF improve children's lives around the world by providing food, vaccines and other important supplies.

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