Lionel Messi set to host All-Star game in Chicago

The Barcelona star will be joined by 36 players for the charity event to be played at Soldier Field this summer.
Lionel Messi and 36 of the world's top players are set to play in a charity game at Chicago's Soldier Field this July.

The “Messi and Friends vs. the World 2013” exhibition will benefit the children’s charity spearheaded by Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi. The event is sponsored by Hyatt Hotels.

In addition to Messi, other stars participating in the friendly include Jose Manuel Pinto, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Emiliano Insua, Mario Yepes, Ricky Alvarez, Pablo Aimar, Martin Demichelis, Diego Lugano, Walter Gargano, Alvaro Gonzalez, Dani Osvaldo, David Trezeguet, Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos, Thierry Henry and Marco Fabian.

“The Messi and Friends friendly, much like the NFL Pro Bowl or the MLB All-Star Game, will provide fans with an incredible opportunity to witness the world’s greatest athletes from the world of soccer together on the field of competition before the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014," said Sergio Codino, vice president of Numero 5, LLC, the match’s organizer.