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Pep Guardiola to join Rafael Nadal, Liverpool icon, and Barcelona star in Mallorca charity golf tournament



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Speculation has been rife about the future of Manchester City’s highly-decorated manager Pep Guardiola, but the Catalan coach will have golf on the mind this month at a charity tournament in Mallorca.

It has been another successful season for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, who lifted the Premier League trophy for a record-breaking fourth consecutive time in May, making it three trophies for the season alongside their UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup triumphs.

Despite disappointments in the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, the club’s unprecedented achievement is bound to have taken a lot out of players and staff alike – and those who aren’t jetting off to international tournaments will enjoy a well-deserved break.

That includes Pep Guardiola himself, who recent rumours suggest may leave Manchester City at the end of the upcoming 2024/25 season. The former Barcelona boss has won six Premier League titles in eight years in Manchester, as well as the Champions League, and a host of domestic cup trophies.

However, his future at the club is unlikely to be on Guardiola’s mind this month when he tees off at the charity ‘Battle of Stars’ golf tournament in Mallorca alongside a host of legends from the worlds of sport and entertainment.

Tennis star Rafael Nadal, Swedish icon Henrik Larsson, legendary striker Gabriel Batistuta and Liverpool cult hero John Arne Riise are among the other big names who will play in support of the fights against ALS and multiple sclerosis, taking to the fairways of Pula Golf Resort and Son Servera Golf Club.

Active players in the line-up include Barcelona’s Marcos Alonso, as well as Pepe Reina and Manu Trigueros of Villarreal.

Pep Guardiola was forced to withdraw from last year’s event with a back problem that would eventually see him miss two Premier League games to recuperate from surgery.

ALS – which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – is rare and degenerative disease that damages nerve cells and has a progressive impact on voluntary muscle movement.

Multiple Sclerosis, while sharing some symptoms, is a distinct condition that impacts an estimated 2.9 million people worldwide. Proceeds from the Battle of the Stars will be donated to research committed to combatting both conditions condition.

The course at Pula Golf Resort was designed by Spanish golfing hero José María Olazábal, a long-time friend of Pep Guardiola’s who visited the Etihad Stadium back in March 2017 and documented in a special episode of ‘Inside City’.