6 Professional Football Stars That Are Real Life Heroes
Happiness can be found more in giving than receiving and these 6 professional football stars understand this concept perfectly. Discover the incredible gestures there stars have made.
1. DIDIER DROGBA:
Didier Drogba helped stop a war. In 2005, there had been a civil war in Ivory Coast for four years. Right after the qualification of Ivorian team for the 2006 World Cup, Drogba picked up a microphone in the locker room surrounded by his teammates he fell to his knees live on national television and begged his people to lay down their arms.
A week later, what a surprise! the war was temporarily over. The Ivorian people put their weapons united behind their national team and the war unexpectedly came to a truce.
2. ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped a team of intellectually disabled players go to the World Cup. A bad reputation but a heart of gold. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is undoubtedly a surprising character. A team of intellectually disabled players qualified for Highness World Cup.
Unfortunately, the team needed $50,000 to take part. Sweden’s assistant coach asked Zlatan if he could put one of his jerseys up for auction to help the team go to the tournament. “What the hell do you do with a jersey?” Zlatan raged. He preferred to ask the team’s accountant how much money they needed and immediately transferred them the entire amount.
3. CRISTIANO RONALDO:
Cristiano Ronaldo paid for a sick child’s brain operation. In 2014, CR7 was called out on social media by a mother who needed his help. Her 10 month old child, Erik had a serious brain problem. Ronaldo didn’t hesitate and he paid for the whole operation which cost $83,000. In 2012, he also paid for a nine year old child’s cancer treatment.
4. EDINSON CAVANI:
Edinson Cavani helped a homeless man and gave him a job. When Cavani was playing for Naples, a young homeless man from Ghana, Max was living below his building. Moved by his story Cavani took him under his wing.
They became friends and he offered him a job as his Butler. Today thanks to Cavani, Max’s situation is much better and legalized.
5. JUAN MATA:
Every month Juan Mata gives part of his salaries to charities. In 2017, Juan Mata launched a charitable movement called “COMMON GOAL”. The Spaniard who plays for Manchester United gives 1% of his monthly salary to football charities around the world.
He encourages other players to take part. Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Morgan, Mats Hummels and Kasper Schmeichel are some of the footballers who give 1% of their salaries to charities. Thanks to Juan Mata’s initiative.
6. DRIES MERTENS:
Dries Mertens brings happiness to the city of Naples. In disguise, after winning a match with Napoli this small but mighty Belgian forward went and bought a bunch of pizzas, disguised as not to be recognized he gave out the food in the city to those in need.
Still,wearing his disguise he collected clothes for the disadvantaged children of Naples and he adopted abandoned dogs with his wife. A real superhero in the shadows.