For many young kids in Africa, playing football is a childhood dream. Scoring the winning goal of a big game in a major competition; testing their skills alongside the finest players in the world and rubbing shoulders with other football icons but for many others, football is simply an escape route from some of Africa’s more impoverished economies.
In such pragmatic cases, it is not rare to see such footballers returning to their roots and contributing to economic growth via poverty alleviation schemes, supporting charitable causes or simply investing in pro-people business enterprises.
In no particular order, here is a list of Africa’s top ten philanthropic football stars.
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