Man delivers game ball to charity soccer match in incredible jet pack

  • The ball boy for Soccer Aid arrived via jet pack
  • And it certainly raised attention and awareness for UNICEF
  • He zoomed around the stadium expertly before dropping the ball in the center circle

Published on Jun 10, 2024 at 7:28 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jun 11, 2024 at 11:39 AM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

With the folks behind Soccer Aid in the UK pulling out all the stops to raise awareness for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) – the ball boy arriving via jet pack made complete sense.

Moments before the game kicked off, fans were confused to hear a loud rumbling echoing around Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge in London, UK accompanied by bright lights from the tunnel.

Then a man in a jet pack appeared, gliding around the Stamford Bridge pitch – and the Soccer Aid fans were thrilled.

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What’s more, Dubai hosted its first-ever jet suit race that’s ‘exactly like Iron Man’ earlier this year.

What the guy in the jet pack did

At first, his role was unclear, spectators soon noticed that he had a ball secured around his waist.

He then steered towards the center circle before dropping the match ball on the spot with surprising accuracy.

Raising money for the cause means they up the ante every year – and it even tops the remote-control car from Euro 2020.

Fans at home were just as bowled over.

“I need a jet pack in my life,” one said.

“In one breath soccer aid asking everyone to donate as much as they can,” started a second, “In the next breath a man with a jet pack is flying around Stamford Bridge with the match ball.”

“I need that jet pack suit he’s flying about in asap. I’d be using it at work when I’m about to leave,” quipped a third.

Others were less enthusiastic, questioning how it impacted on the money raised at the event.

“We are raising money for charity yeah? How the f*** much money does a jet pack cost??”

In similar news, this bizarre flying car jet pack hybrid took off recently in Tokyo.

Who won Soccer Aid?

The results of the match were equally surprising.

England ended their five-year streak of losses to beat the World XI, aka the FIFA World Stars, and take home the charity trophy.

Steven Bartlett scored twice, with former England internationals Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe, Theo Walcott and Ellen White also netting goals.

On the other side, Eden Hazard scored a brilliant free-kick, with Alessandro Del Piero and Billy Wingrove also scoring.

The best news came today: $127.2 million (£100 million) has been netted since Soccer Aid for UNICEF began in 2006.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.