A Cameroonian, held up in a Chinese prison factory, sent a letter to the US appealing for help from none other than Samuel Eto'o.
The letter, which can be seen by clicking here, was found by Stephanie Wilson when she opened her Saks Fifth Avenue shopping bag.
It started with a rather alarming: "HELP! HELP! HELP!"
The letter was signed by Cameroonian Tohnain Emmanuel Njong, was reportedly sentenced to three years in prison for fraud while teaching in China. He denied the charge but was sent to work in a prison factory.
He claimed: "We are ill-treated and work like slaves for 13 hours every day producing these bags in bulk in the prison factory."
The letter then made its way 7,000 miles to New York where the bag found itself in the hands of Ms Wilson, who alerted the authorities.
Bizarrely, the stricken Cameroonian, who has since been released from prison, urged the recipient of the letter to seek the help of Chelsea star Eto'o.
"Please help to contact the United Nations Human Rights Department or if possible Samuel Eto'o and let them know my sad story.
"I'm Eto'o's fan club manager in the University."
Whether or not the Chelsea star would have gone to lengths to secure the release of Njong, but thankfully for him, we won't find out.
Speaking after his release, Njong told the Huffington Post: "It was the biggest surprise of my life," said Njong. “I am just happy that someone heard my cry."
Eto'o, who has been playing under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge all season, is not believed to be aware of the story and was playing for Anzhi Makhachkala at the time of the letter's writing.