Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo and football's altruists: 12 footballers with big, big hearts
3. Craig Bellamy
He may have occasionally been a niggly so-and-so on the pitch, and not averse to smacking team-mates with a golf club off it, but diminutive forward Craig Bellamy made up for his foibles with a heightened sense of morality when it came to charitable activities.
Moved at the poverty he witnessed on a visit to Sierra Leone in 2007, he launched the Craig Bellamy Foundation in conjunction with UNICEF two years later. In 2013, the Welshman stumped up around £1.4 million of his own cash to help ensure that African youngsters not only enjoyed playing football, but also stayed in school. "It's just something I felt I had to do," he insisted. We salute you Craig.