Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo and football's altruists: 12 footballers with big, big hearts

Mesut Ozil's generosity has resulted in 11 Brazilian children having life-saving surgery thanks to his foundation, but the Arsenal playmaker isn't the only star to demonstrate that not all footballers are self-obsessed prima donnas...

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1. Laurent Koscielny

As a youngster growing up in the Lorreze region of France, future Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny always loved hearing the sounds of accordions being tuned in the local Maugein factory, which had been going strong since 1919. Yet hit by stiff competition from the Far East, the business seemed set to fold until owner Bernard Combes persuaded Koscielny and other local investors to stump up a combined €600,000 to "breathe new oxygen - literally," into Maugein. "It's good to know that Laurent has retained his values," gushed Monsieur Combes. Formidable!

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Laurent Koscielny