Puerto Rican singer Daddy Yankee will perform Thursday in Bogota during the benefit Match of the Stars, which will donate part of its box office to the Leo Messi Foundation, its representative said.

"I wanted to accompany Messi and the rest of the players who are getting behind this cause," the reggaeton star said about the project of the Argentine national team captain, considered the world's best soccer player over the past few years.

Daddy Yankee, the composer of songs like "Gasolina" and "Impacto," will sing during the halftime show at the exhibition game to be contested at Bogota's iconic El Campin stadium.

Part of the take of this friendly match will go to the Messi Foundation, which helps needy youngsters in Colombia.

"Colombia has given me a lot and we have to support every initiative that helps make sure that the different foundations sheltering poor boys and girls in Colombia can to keep caring for them," the artist said.

As part of his show, the Puerto Rican singer will premiere for the Colombian audience his new single "Pasarela" (Fashion Runway), as well as the hit "Lovumba," both included on his latest disc "Prestige," which goes on sale in late summer.

Basically the same lineup from the Match of the Stars, including the Argentines Messi and Javier Mascherano, Uruguayans Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez and the Colombian Radamel Falcao, will next face off in the World Soccer Masters Tour at Miami's Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, June 23. EFE

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