The Men, The Myth, the Superstars

You know who the most famous people in the planet are?

Politicians, movie stars and football players.

For whatever reasons, people look at them as if they are heroes.

But unfortunately, most of them are selfish arrogant good for nothings.

Lets look into this further shall we.

We have the politicians – corrupt one and all (with the possible exception of the president of Uruguay)

We have the film stars, who barring a couple of people here and there like Angelina Jolie, all live in their own cocooned bubble

 

But what about the footballers?

We have Wayne Rooney of Manchester United and England, a man who once paid 200 GBP for a packet of cigarettes and fucked prostitutes when his wife was pregnant.

We have Lionel Messi of Cheatselona and Argentina, the richest footballer on the planet who still persists in cheating the Spanish public out of millions of Euros every year

We have Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich and Netherlands, a man who gets beaten up by his own teammates

We have Frank Ribery of Bayern Munich and France, a man who fucks underage prostitutes.

We have Christiano Ronaldo, who sulks during matches if his teammates do not pass to him and who fills his home with giant statues of himself

We have Ryan Giggs of Manchester United and Wales, a man who fucked his own brother’s wife for years

We have Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Cheatselona who is a vampire

We have mad Mario Ballotelli who set fire to his own house and once drove into a women’s prison

of course, we have the cocaine addict woman beating journalist shooting El Diego

So not much hope there, right?

 

Wrong good people wrong

Granted that most footballers are dynamic dumdums when it comes to their social responsibilities, but thankfully, there still are a few good ones out there….and that includes some of the prima donnas I just mentioned.

 

Christiano Ronaldo, despite his megalomania, is always available to support his home town or his fans or any major international event. He donated 1.5 million euros to set up schools in Gaza by selling the Golden Boot he won in 2012. He has helped to set up a cancer center in Madeira. He is now the brand ambassador for ‘Save The Children’ campaign which helps those kids who suffer from hunger and obesity.

Mad Mario is well known for giving away money to poor and homeless people and also to many charities

 

Diego Costa of Chelsea runs a school and coaching centre in his village

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/feb/13/chelsea-diego-costa-interview-football-my-life

 

Craig Bellamy – a nutter on the field –  runs a school and coaching centre in Sierra Leone. He has reportedly donated 1.4 million pounds of his own money there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Bellamy#Craig_Bellamy_Foundation

 

Dario Srna of Croatia recently sent 20 tonnes of tangerines to children in Donetsk to cheer them up during the horrors of war

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/12/sport/football/ukraine-shakhtar-oranges/

 

Dirk Kuyt of Netherlands runs a charity foundation called the Dirk Kuyt Foundation that works toward the upliftment of children in developing countries.

 

Mesut Ozil donated his World Cup earnings – 237,000 pounds – to the World Cup host nation Brazil. 23 Brazilian children will get benefit from this and will be able to use the money for their medical needs.

Ozil made the announcement and wrote the following:

“Dear fans, prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. Since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. This is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil.”

 

John Stones of Everton,  in no way a superstar om the field, is pretty much a superstar off it. Over the last season, he worked with young offenders, helped a student radio station, coached wheelchair and autistic teams and took Easter eggs around Whiston Hospital children’s wards, amongst other deeds.

 

Reda Johnson (formerly of Sheffield Wednesday, now Coventry City) reportedly made over 100 community appearances over the past three seasons, and made a substantial donation to allow a local school to purchase a computer system for the less physically able.

The PFA recently praised the following for their work at clubs in 2013-14 (some have since moved) were Hope Akpan (Reading), Danny Ings (Burnley), Dan Bentley (Southend United), Alex Revell (Rotherham), Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers), Paul Robinson (Millwall), George Friend (Middlesbrough), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers), Jordan Seabright (Dagenham & Redbridge), Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient) and David Martin (MK Dons). The likes of Willian at Chelsea and Ryan Shawcross at Stoke City were also saluted for their work as “community champions” in the Premier League.

As per the report, the most active in charity and community work in 2013-14, managing more than 600 player visits per club, were players of Aston Villa, Blackpool, Chelsea, Everton Gillingham, Hull, Ipswich, Leicester, Liverpool, MK Dons, Oldham, Peterborough, Preston, Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Tottenham, Tranmere, West Ham and Wolves.

http://www.thepfa.com/magazines/communityevaluation2014/index.html

 

Juan Sebastian Veron funds a school in La Plata, his home city in Argentina; Ulysses de la Cruz, Reading’s Ecuadorian defender, has financed infrastructure development in his home village; Pavel Nedved provides money for football schools in the Prague area and donated his match fees when appearing for the Czech Republic to charity; Brazilians Rai, Leonardo and Cafu helped develop the Milan Fundacao – the latter two played for Milan – which helps youngsters in the Sao Paulo favelas. The man who has gone furthest is Damiano Tommasi, Levante’s former Italy midfielder, who, besides making a significant financial donation, spent an off-season helping to build low-cost housing for immigrants in Italy.

Mickey Evans like fellow Republic of Ireland internationals Niall Quinn and Gary Kelly, donated  three-quarters of the proceeds of his testimonial match to local charities.

 

Of course there is the Drog – Didier Drogba

Drogba is credited with playing a vital role in bringing peace to his country. After the Ivory Coast qualified for the 2006 World Cup, Drogba made a desperate plea to the combatants, asking them to lay down their arms, a plea which was answered with a cease fire after five years of civil war. Drogba later helped move an African Cup of Nations qualifier to the rebel stronghold of Bouake; a move that helped confirm the peace process. On 24 January 2007, Drogba was appointed by the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) as a Goodwill Ambassador. The UNDP were impressed with his previous charity work and believed that his high profile would help raise awareness on African issues. In September 2011, Drogba joined the Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission as a representative to help return peace to his home nation. His involvement in the peace process led to Drogba being named as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine for 2010. Drogba’s charity work continued when, in late 2009, he announced he would be donating the £3 million signing on fee for his endorsement of Pepsi for the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan. This work was done through Drogba’s recently created “Didier Drogba Foundation” and Chelsea announced they too would donate the fee for the deal toward the Foundation’s project. Drogba decided on building the hospital after a recent trip to the Ivorian capital’s other hospitals, saying “… I decided the Foundation’s first project should be to build and fund a hospital giving people basic healthcare and a chance just to stay alive.”

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/chelsea/6549667/Chelseas-Didier-Drogba-donates-3-million-to-help-build-African-hospital.html

http://content.undp.org/go/newsroom/2007/january/drogba-goodwill-20070124.en?categoryID=998963&lang=en

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/2318500/Didier-Drogba-brings-peace-to-the-Ivory-Coast.html

 

And then there is Zlatan

““It’s a big honour to have a statue in a great museum like the Grévin. I am very happy with it. The people can get really close to the statue and that was the objective,” Ibrahimovic told RMC. “The next step? I don’t know … Maybe replacing the Eiffel Tower with an Ibrahimovic statue …”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/feb/10/zlatan-ibrahimovic-wax-statue-eiffel-tower-psg

But that’s just one side of His Magnificence

After scoring a goal in a recent match, he took off his shirt to display 15 new tattoos…nothing unusual you say?

Well,

“When I took my shirt off against Caen, everybody asked what these new tattoos were. I had 15 removable tattoos on my body, they are the names of real people who are suffering from hunger in the world,” Ibrahimovic said on Sunday. “[While] those tattoos have gone now, these people are still here … I hope that you can see them through me.”

The Swede said he agreed to the venture to raise awareness for the United Nations’ World Food Program – which fights against hunger worldwide.

“Wherever I go people recognise me, call my name, cheer me. But there are names no one cheers for,” the imposing Sweden forward said. “If I could, I would write every single name on my body. But there are 805 million people suffering from hunger in the world today … So whenever you hear my name, you will think of their names. Whenever you see me, you will see them.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/feb/15/zlatan-ibrahimovic-tattoos-world-famine

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/02/16/zlatan-ibrahimovic-tattoo-world-famine_n_6690612.html

 

And that good people is the beauty of football and footballers. Unlike the movie and politics industries, there are still some good people left in football.

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