Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney faces his old club Everton on Wednesday in a match that will make history in more ways than one.
The testimonial held to honor Rooney’s tenure with United will be the first soccer match ever to be streamed live on Facebook. That means all 1.7 billion of Facebook’s monthly active users will be able to watch the game on Rooney’s and Manchester United’s Facebook pages.
The affair will also be Jose Mourinho’s first home match at Old Trafford, as well as for his three new signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly. Paul Pogba is also rumored to show up. Okay we made that last part up.
All the proceeds from the match will go to the Wayne Rooney Foundation, to be distributed to the striker’s four chosen charity partners. Rooney says he hopes the Facebook live stream will help raise awareness and increase donations.
“I am delighted my testimonial game will be streamed globally, which will hopefully raise awareness and increase donations,” Rooney said.
Live coverage of the event begins on Facebook at 2:15pm ET.