Prince Albert of Monaco shows off football skills at charity match

Prince of the pitch! Albert of Monaco shows off his football skills at his annual charity match ahead of the Grand Prix

Prince Albert was virtually unrecognisable as he stepped out in a full football strip on Tuesday.

The Prince of Monaco, 60, joined stars of Monte Carlo and National Drivers for the charity football match in Menton, ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

The star-studded teams were playing in the Star Team for Children annual game, set up by Prince Albert II 24 years ago. 

The aim of the evening is to collect funds for Monaco Charity Associations which help disadvantaged children to travel the world.   

The reigning Monaco monarch appeared in high spirits as he joined famous players on the pitch ahead of the Grand Prix which starts on Sunday.

The football fan was dressed in the red and white colours of AS Monaco FC as he went to take a kick at the ball. 

He was later seen posing with fellow players alongside some of the children who will benefit from the charity match.  

Prince Albert is the patron of Monaco‘s football team and is known to be an enthusiastic sportsman himself competing in bobsleigh at five consecutive Winter Olympics. 

Prince Albert‘s wife Charlene was a notable absentee from the occasion, no doubt caring for the couple‘s twins at home. 

Albert, 56, married former Olympic swimmer Charlene, 36, in 2011 – 11 years after the pair first met. 

The couple welcomed the birth of their twins Jaques and Gabriella In 2014.  

Albert, who was once considered one of the world‘s most eligible bachelors, succeeded his father Prince Rainier in 2005 at the age of 47. 

He already had a daughter, Jazmin, 22, after a fling with former waitress Tamara Rotolo. He denied being her father for years before DNA tests proved otherwise when she was a teenager.  

The prince also has a younger son, Alexandre Coste, 11, from an affair with Nicole Coste, a Togolese former Air France hostess. Under Monaco‘s inheritance laws, neither of them have any claim to royal titles or to be considered as heirs to Albert because they were born outside of marriage.

They do however have legal rights to a share of his huge personal fortune, estimated by Forbes magazine to exceed $1 billion (800 million euros).