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

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2. Didier Drogba

"People need to look beyond what they see from Didier Drogba on the football pitch," insisted his then-former manager Jose Mourinho. "He's not everyone's favourite player, but he's a man of enormous depth." And very long pockets.

In 2009, the Ivorian striker handed over his entire £3 million fee for representing Pepsi for a planned hospital to be completed in his home town of Abidjan. Two years earlier, he'd set up the Didier Drogba Foundation and, with United Nations assistance, purchased the plot of land upon which the hospital was eventually built. "At heart, he's a man of the people," claimed Mourinho. 

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Didier Drogba