One Direction - Niall Horan Raises $480,000 With Charity Soccer Match

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One Direction's Niall Horan raised more than $480,000 (£300,000) for good causes with his star-studded charity soccer match.

The Irish pop singer recruited bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, as well as celebrity pals including British actor/comedian James Corden and singer Ronan Keating, to battle it out against a team helmed by newsman Piers Morgan on Monday (26May14).

Morgan's squad emerged triumphant after a tense penalty shoot-out, and the event raised upwards of $480,000 for charities Irish Autism Action and U.K. Hearts And Minds Challenge.

Horan, who was unable to play in the match due to a knee injury, expressed his delight in a series of posts on, writing, "What a great day yesterday!... Thank you to all the players who played in the game, giving up their time to play! Much appreciated!... £300,000! Wow! Thank you everyone for buying tickets and coming down, to the sponsors of the game, the players! Everyone! Amazing."

More than 15,000 tickets were sold for the event at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England.


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