St. Didier of Drogba gives £3m to build hospital

Not his own one to ‘recover’ from his many ‘injuries’, it’s for charity

The Spoiler can’t quite put our finger on it, but Didier Drogba has been strangely likable this season (discount last Sunday’s impromptu Harlem Shake if you want.) Perhaps it’s the undeniably prodigious goalscoring, or the fact there was a massive Drogba-deficit last season. Anyhoo, he’s been a thoroughly entertaining bloke recently, and, dare we say, perhaps now even a nice one.

According to the Daily Mail, Didier has pledged the £3m fee he’s just received for becoming the new face of Pepsi to a donation fund for building hospitals in his homeland, the Ivory Coast. He’s even managed to convince ‘hard-up’ Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to top up the pot with a few million petrodollars:

Sources close to the remarkable deal also claim there will be a generous donation by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in a personal show of support for Drogba.

Sportsmail understands Abramovich may even have offered to match the donation pound for pound.

The charity was set up by Drogba himself two years ago, and is committed to raising funds to build a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan by 2010.

He set up the Foundation after a close friend, Stefan, died from leukaemia and the project gained momentum after 19 fans died and 132 people were injured when a wall collapsed in Abidjan’s Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium before a World Cup qualifier between Ivory Coast and Malawi in March.

The first aim of the Foundation is ‘to build and fund a hospital giving people basic healthcare and a chance just to stay alive’.

The Spoiler congratulates the Chelsea striker for his philanthropy, but we hope this isn’t the start of a new, clean-cut image. The Premier League needs someone to break up the weekly stream of ‘Sir Alex Ferguson bollocks referee x’ stories.

3 responses so far
  • Mike // November 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Imagine if Rooney had been kicked in the chest like that by Terry. There would be a collective campaign from the media to ban him for the season.

    As always, its Chelsea against the rest.

  • Muz // November 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Well done to Mr Drogba, this is truly a heartwarming story. However, it’s totally beyond me that someone who merely kicks around a football all week can afford to give away a sum of money that 99% of the world’s population could only dream of earning in a lifetime. It seems to me that it’s the poor sods who now have to pay more for their fizzy pop because Didier has been paid a fortune to promote it, and those who pay to watch football either at the grounds or via Sky who have actually given this money to charity. Why on earth do we pay these sportsmen such grotesque salaries that they can be so philanthropic in the first place?

  • William // November 12, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I seem to remember tiny tears tearing down Valencia in the box this past weekend with nothing done about it? Because Chelsea act like a group of inconsolable uncontrolable little twats is the reason everyone critisizes them so much.

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