Football fans are much attracted by humility and tend to criticize arrogance; however, too much humility is not good when the pressure of the game forces you to be confident. These footballers re-defines arrogance by being humble only when they need to. Down are some of the footballers you never knew were humble.
5. Mario Balotelli
Another shock one is Balotelli. If you didn't know, over 50% of his wages goes to charities in Africa. Brilliant. pic.twitter.com/X8TW5s1QjY
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) March 30, 2016
Mario Balotelli attracts a lot of controversy with his off-pitch antics that sometimes get more media prominence than his brilliant performance. However, the little known fact is his generosity towards charity.
Information has been out in the public for a while now that Balotelli gives almost half of his earnings to charity, especially Africa.
In 2011, Super Mario donated the whole fee he earned as international football testimonial for La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, starring in a TV commercial and a print campaign, to completion of a school in South Sudan.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
Save The Children: Cristiano Ronaldo treated NYC kids with tickets to the Portugal vs. Ireland friendly last night! pic.twitter.com/xnd81ysxei
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@CRonaldoFever) June 11, 2014
Named the most charitable sportsperson in 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo has helped better several lives with his philanthropy. He visited earthquake-hit Indonesia in 2005 to facilitate construction and rehabilitation and has also donated funds for the development of his hometown Madeira, while also donating money to build schools in war-stricken Gaza.
And despite being criticized about his ego and his hunger for trophies, the Juventus star donated his entire Champions League bonus of €600,000 to charity.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The fake tattoos all over Zlatan's body containing 84 names are part of a charity project to be revealed on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/3Ayr8RuTo1
— Goral Patel (@goralpatel) February 14, 2015
In football taking your shirt off during goal celebrations is frowned upon–in fact it is a mandatory bookable offense. Zlatan thought the sanctions were worth it when he tore off his shirt to reveal 50 (temporary) tattoos in support of the United Nations World Food Program back in 2015.
The 50 names were of real people who were suffering from hunger!