VIDEO: Rio Ferdinand, Michael Ballack and Rivaldo surprise an amateur five-a-side football team

An amateur football team were taken by surprise when legends Rio Ferdinand, Michael Ballack, Michel Salgado and Rivaldo took them on in a local five-a-side match.

The famous four were substituted onto the pitch in London to play against the unsuspecting amateurs.

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Hidden cameras captured the moment the former international stars turned up to hand out a master-class in '˜the beautiful game'.

The prank was to celebrate the run-up to the start of this year's World Cup, due to kick off in Russia on Thursday 14th June.

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The prank was set up with with the help of bookmakers Betfair after a number of local teams responded to cryptic DIY posters created by the legends. The mysterious poster gave little information apart from a number of outrageous claims including; the team were '˜proper class' and were responsible for '˜100s of goals scored all over the world'.

Rio Ferdinand celebrates a goal

The former international players picked out a team to stage the prank on, and sent only on an initial team of unfit, overweight, middle-aged squad.

Despite the disparity , the older team backed themselves to win, but with 10 minutes played and the outfield quartet struggling against their younger rivals, the unfit 50-year-old goalkeeper hailed over the superstar substitutes, who showed their class, before departing the field to allow their middle-aged teammates to take all of the glory.

Rio Ferdinand, who captained the super sub-international team said: 'It was a great feeling stepping back on the field and playing alongside some of the world's best players, even if it was on a local five-a-side pitch. We had a real laugh staging the prank and I won't forget the look on the lads faces when we all turned up.'