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Former footballers Ronaldo and Shevchenko to join Rafa Nadal in EPT Prague

World’s best tennis player, Rafael Nadal, will finally be able to compete fair and square against one of his childhood idols, Brazilian football legend Ronaldo. The battle between the two widely-known sports figures will take place at the poker table in a live charity poker tournament.

The event, part of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague, will be held on December 12, 2013.

It seems that Ronaldo will have a small edge over the tennis star because of his experience. He previously played in live poker tournaments at the Brazil Series of Poker and at the EPT Barcelona. On the other hand, Nadal will make his live poker debut in Prague.

“This is going to be a great event, and it’s one of the few opportunities that I have to take on Rafa and the other athletes on a level playing field. We are all sports professionals, but in completely different fields, and in poker is the level ground on which we can all compete fairly,” Ronaldo said, according to the PokerStars Blog.

Other sport figures announced their participation in the €100,000-guaranteed tournament, including former Ukrainian football player Andriy Shevchenko, Italian skier Alberto Tomba, and Dutch Olympic field hockey gold medalist Fatima Moreira de Melo. The field will also include one of the best poker players in the world, Daniel Negreanu.

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