Will Ferrell Injured in Million-Dollar Soccer Match of the Stars

Will Ferrell - Soccer Aid

With $6.4 million at stake for UNICEF, some of the world's best footballers faced off in England over the weekend with some of the sport's most enthusiastic celebrity hobbyists. The good news: Charity won big! The bad news: Celebrities did not, with one even landing in the hospital.

The annual Soccer Aid benefit packed Old Trafford, the home of the Manchester United, where the team from England beat the "Rest of the World" team — comprising the likes of Will Ferrell, Edward Norton, Mike Myers, Gerard Butler, James McAvoy, Woody Harrelson and shouty TV chef Gordon Ramsay — by a score of 3-1. And since no soccer tilt would ever be complete without some poor bastard writhing on the pitch in hyperdramatic anguish, this match was no different — at least until, in the second half, things got really ugly:

Ferrell limped off the field in considerable pain with a leg injury late in Sunday's annual Soccer Aid game at Manchester United's Old Trafford but will have counted himself more fortunate than Ramsay, who earlier was hospitalized following a heavy challenge.

The foul-mouthed Hell's Kitchen star was stretchered off the field while receiving oxygen, after being flattened by former England international Teddy Sheringham midway through the second half. He later was released from the hospital.

Let us relive the moment in pictures!

Gordon Ramsay injured - Soccer Aid

Gordon Ramsay injured - Soccer Aid

Gordon Ramsay injured - Soccer Aid

Gordon Ramsay injured - Soccer Aid

Observe Ferrell above right, shortly before he wound up on the turf with a leg injury that ended his day:

Will Ferrell injured - Soccer Aid

So were any actors not hurt during this very intense exhibition match? Surprisingly many, if the rest of the photo record is to be believed! Nevertheless, Edward Norton and Woody Harrelson took every fluorescent precaution available to them...

Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson - Soccer Aid

...while Mike Myers competed with swanlike finesse and grace...

Mike Myers - Soccer Aid

Mike Myers - Soccer Aid

...along with flying Scotsmen Gerard Butler and James McAvoy (as seen alongside teammate Harrelson)...

Here's to a swift recovery for Ferrell, Ramsay and all the rest convalescing after the match. Charity hurts.

[Photos: Getty Images]


  • Caroline says:

    Um, it was England (NOT the UK) against Rest of the World. As eluded to in the article above, several of the Rest of the World celebrity players (Gordon Ramsay, James McAvoy, Gerard Butler) are Scottish. Scotland being part of the UK.....

    • S.T. VanAirsdale says:

      Of course. It was an editing oversight, very embarrassing, I apologize.

  • Caroline says:

    No worries, I would imagine that is is only an obvious error if you are from the UK. However, I did mean to point out that James McAvoy is also spelt incorrectly.

  • Spellchecker says:

    Well, you spelled spelled wrong. What's up with this 'spelt' nonsense. You must be from the UK. Now stop being so damn picky.

  • 2+2=5 says:

    lol on all this thread and the comments.

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