At the World Cup final in Johannesburg on July 11, Wayne Rooney hopes to help England conquer the world. In London six days later, it will all get a lot more personal.
That's because England's talisman will take on five of the world's best players in a gladiator-esque skills head-to-head at the O2 arena.
Sportsmail can exclusively reveal that Rooney will join Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Steven Gerrard, David Villa and Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday, July 17, at the A:3K, competing against them in five different skill sets.
The two highest points scorers will progress to a dramatic final test of their abilities. Each player is said to be earning in the region of £500,000.
Ten million pounds has been spent on securing the six players and kitting out the arena with all the necessary lights and pyrotechnics as organisers attempt to produce a footballing equivalent of Cirque Du Soleil.
'Aura Entertainment is delighted to confirm that Wayne Rooney will be the sixth competitor in the inaugural A:3K Football event at the O2 Arena in July,' said director Terry Byrne, who is David Beckham's former agent.( Collapse )