Soccer Aid 2024: Who is Diamond playing for World XI and what is her real name?

Livi “Diamond” Sheldon is playing for Soccer Aid World XI FC at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2024
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The popular Soccer Aid is back for another year with a fresh batch of famous faces and former professionals taking to the pitch. Millions of people are expected to tune into the live broadcast on ITV1 to watch the charity match with tickets already snatched up for the game at Stamford Bridge.

Among those taking part in the game on 9 June is BBC One sports game show Gladiators’ star Diamond, real name Livi Sheldon. She will be joined by the likes of Usain Bolt, (Captain), Lee Mack, Roman Kemp, Maisie Adam and Jesus Perez (coach).

The bodybuilder and former Worcester City Ladies player has become a household name thanks to the popular TV series which was rebooted on BBC earlier this year.

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The six-foot star has shown exhilarating displays of power and speed on Gladiators and can even lift 160kg; she hopes to empower others to embrace themselves and celebrate their strengths.

Diamond told OK Magazine her love for football was a “safe haven” for her growing up away from school bullies. She will take to the pitch alongside teammates Martin Compston, Theo Baker, Tommy Fury, Eden Hazard Roberto Carlos, Kaylyn Kyle, John Obi Mikel, Jason Manford, Petr Cech, Patrice Evra and Michel Essein.

Players for the England team include Sir Mo Farah and Steven Bartlett joining footballing legends Jermain Defoe, Jill Scott (Captain), David James (Professional Goalkeeper), Gary Cahill, Joe Cole and Karen Carney.

Speaking ahead of the game, Diamond said: “Growing up, I’ve always watched Soccer Aid for UNICEF and wanted to take part in the match. When I talk to people about it, everyone has a favourite memory from the show. So, it’s a really special thing to be part of and I am genuinely looking forward to taking part. I won’t be hiding my competitive side either, I am here to win!

“I’m hoping my previous football experience will help me, as will my strength training. Diamonds are the hardest thing in the world to remember! I am sure I will definitely be able to hold my own on the pitch. This is a fantastic family day out, so buy your tickets now and come support us on Sunday 9th June at Stamford Bridge.”

Diamond, 30, lives in Worcester with her fiancé Grant Gibbs. They both work as online personal trainers.

There will also be stars Sam Thompson, Bobby Brazier, Eden Hazard, Stuart Broad, Miniminter, Paddy McGuiness (Celebrity Goalkeeper), David Seaman (Goalkeeping Coach), Tom Grennan, Jack Wilshere, Alex Brooker, Erin Doherty, Steven Bartlett, Danny Dyer, Theo Walcott and Ellen White on the pitch.

Frank Lampard joins Harry Redknapp and Robbie Williams as England manager and facing them down will be Mauricio Pochettino, returning as manager for Soccer Aid World XI.

The live show will be hosted by UNICEF UK Ambassador Dermot O’Leary, who will be joined by Alex Scott with Sam Matterface and Iain Stirling commenting again.

Soccer Aid takes place on Sunday 9 June at Stamford Bridge.