Chelsea legend wins Costa Smeralda Invitational

Italian star proves his golfing touch at star-studded event in Sardinia

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Former Chelsea icon Gianfranco Zola proved he’s just at home on the golf course as the football pitch when he outshone a host of other famous celebrities to win the Costa Smeralda Invitational at Pevero Golf Club in Sardinia.

Overseen by 2016 European Ryder Cup captain and tournament host Darren Clarke, the Italian scored an impressive 36 points over the challenging but stunning layout at Pevero Golf Club.

Edging out last year’s Costa Smeralda Invitational winner Kapil Dev by just two points, the four-handicap player justified the value in practice and local knowledge after playing 36 holes at the same venue the day before.

“It was a massive pleasure to play in the Costa Smeralda Invitational because it is such a beautiful place and I was born here,” said Zola.

“I was surrounded by a lot of brilliant people and we had a lot of fun, but importantly it’s hopefully going to help a lot of people by raising money for a great charity.”

There was fierce competition right across the men’s celebrity competition, with Zola being challenged by fellow Italian legends Alessandro Del Piero and Roberto Di Matteo, Ukrainian top goalscorer Shevchenko, DJ Jamie Theakston and actor James Nesbitt.

All money generated from the Costa Smeralda Invitational and its guests will go to the Road to Awareness campaign in aid of UNICEF.