Golf: Celebrities gathered in Mallorca for a charity event. BATTLE OF THE STARS

Some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment came together to fight ALS and Multiple Sclerosis in the latest edition of the 'Battle of the Stars', which took place over three days last week.

The three-day event, held once again at Mallorca's Pula Golf Resort and Son Servera Golf Club, was won by former FC Barcelona director of football and RCD Mallorca president Mateu Alemany - but victory was secondary. Football icons such as Gabriel Batistuta, John Arne Riise, Marcos Alonso, Alain Boghossain, Uli Stielke and many more teed off over two days of spirited competition, with many returning participants from previous years. 

Fittingly for a Spanish event, a strong contingent of LaLiga EA Sports legends were in attendance, including Miguel Ángel Nadal, Bernd Schuster, Albert Riera, Manu Trigueros and former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, while prolific ex-striker Julio Salinas came in second place. Former AC Milan stars Mauro Tassotti, Roberto Donadoni and Stefano Nava flew the flag for Italy. 

Away from the sporting world, stars such as defending champion and musician David Otero, bullfighter Pepín Liria and actress Verónica Mengod took to the tee - as did Danish businessman Flemming Ostergaard, former chairman of the company that owns FC Copenhagen. 

While the golf provided endless entertainment, the true purpose of the 'Battle of the Stars' was never far from the spotlight. This year's event was to support the fight against two diseases that affect millions of people around the world: ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - and multiple sclerosis

One special guest was former footballer and manager Juan Carlos Unzué, who announced in June 2020 that he had been diagnosed with ALS. Speaking at the event, Carlos Unzué highlighted the power of sport and its stars as a voice to raise awareness in the fight against both diseases. 

Former footballer Julio Salinas lends his support to the Mallorca charity event. BATTLE OF THE STARS
Former footballer Julio Salinas lends his support to the Mallorca charity event. BATTLE OF THE STARS

"All public demonstrations can help if they make you think. When we look in the mirror, we cannot deceive ourselves. If we have a clear conscience, we will be happy with ourselves. I have always believed in people, but now I am experiencing it at a very high level. It's a great capacity that people have to adapt and overcome very complicated situations," said Juan Carlos Unzué

It wasn't just famous faces who enjoyed the courses, but also users of the Sa Riera Occupational Centre, a mental health centre in Palma. They took part in a clinic run by the Pula Golf Academy, posed for photos with the stars and showed their support by delivering products they had made in the centre's workshops for people with ALS and multiple sclerosis. On Friday, a number of people with ALS visited Son Servera to watch the action. 

Arnau Sala, General Manager at Pula Golf Resort, said: "Developing the Battle of Stars is something we are very proud of at Pula and hosting the event alongside Son Servera is always one of the highlights of our year. "Thank you to the stars, of course, but also to the teams at both venues and everyone who supported the event and made it such a success. 

"It is important to remember that we are doing this to raise money and awareness in the fight against ALS and Multiple Sclerosis, in the hope that we can help make a difference that will one day change millions of lives," he added. 

Before the 'Battle of the Stars' brought global celebrities to Pula Golf Resort, it was a happy hunting ground for some of the world's best golfers. The course, designed by José María Olazábal, is a seven-time host of the DP World Tour and has been graced by the likes of Henrik Stenson, Sergio García and Paul McGinley.