Man Utd mega-fan and ‘lucky charm’ Julia Roberts pays £80,000 for two Qatar World Cup tickets

By | 11th January 2019

TICKETS for the 2022 World Cup are already going for £80,000 – or at least they are amongst Hollywood royalty.

That’s what actress Julia Roberts paid for a pair of seats for her and husband Danny Moder at the tournament in Qatar.

Man Utd ‘lucky charm’ Julia Roberts have bought two 2022 World Cup tickets for £80,000
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The tickets were up for auction at a pre-Golden Globes fundraiser organised by Sean Penn for his Haiti charity, Community Organised Efforts.

Stars who turned up for the event at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles also included Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Larry David and Connie Britton.

According to Variety magazine, the hottest ticket of the night were two sets of tickets to the next World Cup which kicks off in Doha in less than four years’ time.

Jamie Foxx, Keegan-Michael Key and Mike Meyers all took to the stage to big up the prize up for the audience and it was the Pretty Woman star who walked away with them after paying £80,000 for one set of tickets.

Roberts attended United’s match against West Ham in 2016, and also joined Red Devils on their pre-season US tour
Roberts alongside Coleen Rooney on the Old Trafford pitch
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Roberts, 51, is a huge football fan who in the past has posed for pictures with the game’s biggest names including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, and Luka Modric, among others.

She has also posed alongside World Cup winner Paul Pogba, who she described as a “superb human being”.

Her three children, Patricia, Phinnaeus, both 14, and Henry, 11, all support Manchester United and played at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney’s children after a match against West Ham in 2016.

The actress became such a regular at stadiums in the US, where the Red Devils were playing pre-season friendlies, that Andreas Pereira called her the squad’s “lucky charm”.

Roberts posing for pictures next to United’s Michael Carrick
The actress’ children played together with Wayne Rooney’s children at Old Trafford after the game against West Ham she attended in 2016
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She described taking her children to training ahead of a match between Manchester United and Real Madrid as “one of the more magical experiences of my life”.

Roberts said: “What I love about Manchester United is the feeling of family. That’s what we gravitate towards, is the closeness and warmth – there’s just a real connection that everyone has on the field and off the field.

“To get a glimpse of it and be a tiny part of it is thrilling. Paul Pogba gave my son a lovely talk about believing in yourself, it was lovely.

During the auction Mike Myers also matched a £40,000 bid to split the prize of staying at Heckfield Place in Hampshire to get the ‘Jane Austen’ experience’.

Entertainment was provided by Macy Gray, Billie Ellish and Yusuf Islasm, formerly Cat Stevens.

This post written by Damian Burchardt originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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