If you want to know who is the most charitable football player, you’re in the right place.
Here are the names that every football fan needs to know.
Most generous football players
1) David Beckham
Beckham is one of the greatest and most generous football players. He once worked with the UNICEF and Help for Heroes. He also founded Malaria No More, along with other prominent footballers in the world.
On top of these charitable endeavours, he started the Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust with his equally famous wife, Victoria. The trust provides financial assistance to underprivileged children and disabled persons. They also help charities in need.
2) Lionel Messi
Messi is a UNICEF ambassador for several years now, since 2010. He chose to work on projects that directly uplift the welfare of disabled children. He also contributed significantly to one of its education-related programmes in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.
Messi also provided financial assistance to community projects in Argentina. He also paid for the reconstruction of a hospital in his hometown.
He started the Leo Messi Foundation. The trust primarily engages in establishing medical and football centres in Argentina, Spain, and other countries.
3) Nwankwo Kanu
Kanu started the Kanu Heart Foundation in his homeland Nigeria. He wants to make sure that children needing surgery, particularly those who are suffering from cardiac ailments, receive assistance when they need it.
The foundation was founded in 2000 and has already assisted more than 500 children who underwent open-heart surgeries.
4) Mesut Ozil
Ozil gave his prize money to various charities after winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He gave a total of £237,000 to pay for the medical costs of children who underwent life-saving procedures.
He did the same thing in 2017 when he worked with My Shining Star programme, which caters to the needs of children with cancer. One of the child beneficiaries became his guest at a football match.
5) Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo has a generous heart also. He raised €1.5 million in 2012 by auctioning off his Golden Boots award. The money went to building a school on the Gaza Strip.
He is also involved in fundraising event hosted by Save the Children, raising money to assist in earthquake reliefs in Nepal in 2015.
6) Hector Bellerin
Bellerin has already donated big sums of money to various advocacies. He did so by auctioning off his football boots.
In 2018, he donated £19,050 to the British Red Cross. It was a challenge wherein he pledged to donate $50 for each minute he played in the Under 21 European Championships. He played for a total of 381 minutes.
7) Didier Drogba
Drogba started his own foundation, which is one of the most active foundations in South Africa. The foundation partners with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in promoting charitable causes in the region.
One of the greatest accomplishments of Drogba, however, is bringing peace in Ivory Coast, his home country. When the country qualified for the World Cup in 2006, the team used it as a platform to make a public plea to stop the civil war in the country.