The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been marred by unrest as there have been several demonstrations by angry citizens due to the overall cost of hosting the tournament.
According to Reuters, the planet’s biggest competition has set the South Americans back a whopping $6.7Billion - thus making it the most expensive World Cup in history.
However, Ghana’s Sulley Muntari is doing his bit to give back.
The midfielder took a tour around the city of Maceio - where Ghana's World Cup squad is based - and took pictures with locals. But he wasn’t done. Muntari also displayed incredible generosity when he handed out money to the some of the poorest folks in the country.
Per 101greatgoals.com: “The AC Milan player was reportedly granted special permission by head coach Kwesi Appiah to fulfil his desire of meeting under privileged people in Brazil.
“During his tour of Maceio, Muntari signed autographs and took photos with the locals, and incredibly the African star put his hand in his pocket to hand out money to the people.”
Police stepped in to put an end to his handouts, but it was not before he had snagged himself a few more supporters for Ghana. One of the lucky residents to receive money was a chap named Evivaldo and he has vowed his allegiance to the Black Stars after the charitable act.
“I’ve lived in this poor community behind the Rei Pele Stadium for forty years but have never seen anything like this before,” he told Globo.com. “Not once has a soccer player come here. Brazil never gave me anything but Ghana did. I will support them up to the end.
"My 80-year-old mother and I received R$350 [Brazilian reals],” said Inês Corrêa, who went to check out the commotion when police surrounded Muntari. “I believe that he had R$5,000 but unfortunately the police put an end to his good work. In this area we only see politicians at election time."
To put it into perspective: Those at the bottom end of the financial hierarchy in Brazil make as little as £45 per month and the R$350 Muntari gave to the Corrêa family equates to just over £90. He essentially handed them two months’ worth of pay.
Granted it may be small compared to the huge wages footballers earn these days, but it just goes to show that not all players are greedy and self-centred.
I don’t know about you, but I for one have a new found respect for Sulley Muntari. Not many players go out of their way to try and help those who are less fortunate.
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