8 of World Football's Most Generous Players Following Hector Bellerin's Grenfell Donation

Hector Bellerin made headlines in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire when he pledged a donation of £50 to the victims of the tragedy for every minute he played for Spain at the Under-21 European Championships this summer.


Spain managed to make it to the final of the tournament held in Poland and the Arsenal full-back played 381 minutes along the way, meaning that Bellerin ended up donating a whopping £19,050 to the British Red Cross.


Many footballers have made it to the top from disadvantaged backgrounds and it's great to see when they use their wealth and status to give back to the community in some way.


We take a look at 9 other players - past and present - whose big-hearted gestures have shown them to be hugely generous.

8. Michael Essien

Michael Essien was renown for giving everything on the pitch during his time at Chelsea, and he certainly gives a lot off it. 


He set up the 'Michael Essien Foundation' in his home country of Ghana, which build libraries and provides public healthcare facilities and ready access to clean drinking water.


The foundation has also provided education on the Ebola virus - false rumours circulated in 2014 that Essien had contracted the disease.

7. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has donated much to charity, with the highlight coming in 2012 when he auctioned off his Golden Boot for that year. The astonishing  €1.5m raised went towards building schools in the extremely volatile Gaza Strip.


The Portuguese has been involved in raising awareness for the 'Save the Children' foundation and for the victims of the catastrophic Nepalese earthquake in 2015.

6. Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil made a superb gesture following his World Cup winning trip to Brazil in 2014.


The German donated all the money he earned from the tournament to Brazilian children to pay for their medical costs and get them the surgery they required - this amounted to £237,000. 


5. Nwankwo Kanu

Former Arsenal and Portsmouth striker Nwankwo Kanu has set up his own non-profit organisation which has made him even more of a legend in his homeland of Nigeria.


The 'Kanu Heart Foundation' helps provide treatment for Nigerian children with cardiac diseases.


Since its inception in 2000, 538 children have been able to get the open-heart surgery they have desperately needed thanks to the funds raised by the charity - something Kanu can be very proud of.

4. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has contributed money regularly to community projects in Argentina as well as funding a dormitory for his football club as a child and a restoration of a hospital in his hometown.


The Argentine has also worked alongside UNICEF for several years now, working in collaboration with them and other charities to help improve the education systems in countries such as Nepal, Indonesia and Bangladesh.


UNICEF's logo was famously the first to ever appear on a Barcelona shirt, with the Catalan club providing free advertising for the charity before opting to sign a then record-breaking shirt sponsorship with Qatar Airways in 2010. UNICEF still appears on the back of the shirt.

3. Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe deserves a huge amount of respect for the effort he has put in with terminally ill youngster Bradley Lowery.


The six-year-old had been battling a rare form of cancer - neuroblastoma - and was a regular mascot for his team Sunderland - capturing the nation's hearts in the process.


Defoe has gone above and beyond since meeting him when it has come to checking in on Bradley, texting his mum daily to see how he's doing, as well as frequently visiting him.

2. David Beckham

David Beckham has his fingers in several pies when it comes to charity work, working with organisations such as UNICEF and 'Help for Heroes' as well as being a founding member of 'Malaria No More' and the Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust.


He has raised a huge amount for the NSPCC and also donated all of his wages while he was at PSG to charity - rumoured to be £170,000 a week.

1. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba has to be one of football's greatest philanthropists - even helping to end a five-year civil war in his homeland, the Ivory Coast, when issuing a plea for the country to unite and support the national side at the 2006 World Cup.


The feat landed him on in TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2010.


The 'Didier Drogba Foundation', founded in 2007, aims to combat problems with education and healthcare in Africa.


The man had already secured his legendary status in Africa on the football pitch but has only further solidified his status with his actions off it.


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