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Football has developed its own micro economic climate over the past two high quality replica handbags china decades with highly paid players increasingly impervious to the challenging financial circumstances faced by many around the globe. The level of business led interest in the game, as well as the myriad of lucrative opportunities in the commercial arena cheap replica handbags , has fostered a generation of footballers bestowed with unimaginable personal fortunes. The Goal Rich List shows just how mind boggling the figures really are.

That dramatic alteration of circumstance has served to create the caricature of the designer headphone wearing, iPhone fiddling aaa replica designer handbags , Louis Vuitton bag carrying misanthrope, who is more interested in expanding his car collection than helping those less fortunate to him. But that is not altogether fair.

“We live in a very cynical world,” says Clarke Carlisle, the Northampton Town defender and chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association.

lot of people can’t do right for doing wrong. This Rich List will go out and people will say, “What are these guys doing with all that money? Do they deserve it?

“There is fantastic [charity and community led work] going on right from the top of the pyramid to the bottom, and we know we’re doing this work as an industry and we as the PFA and as a union are trying to extol the work that these guys are doing.”

Instead of hoarding their riches and growing ever more isolated by their wealth, an increasing number of footballers are recognising the disparity that exists between the haves and the have nots and are seeking cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk to redress the balance through enterprise and endeavour.

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A point in case can be found in Africa, and specifically high quality designer replica handbags wholesale in Cote d’Ivoire, where the health care landscape remains bleak following a second civil war. A shortage of clean drinking water and blood for transfusions, as well as a reduction in the effectiveness in the fight against HIV/AIDS, meningitis, leprosy and cholera, tell the story of a spiralling public health crisis.

A brief experiment with free health care for all under president Alassane Ouattara was abandoned in January 2012 due to an unmanageable strain on the public purse. Worryingly, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Unocha) has identified prohibitive cost in Cote d’Ivoire as one of the main barriers preventing people in need from receiving treatment.

Against that bleak backdrop came the recent intervention from the Kalou brothers, Bonaventure and Salomon. The former Feyenoord and PSG star, and the Lille striker, teamed up to launch Foundation Kalou, through which the football fraternity has donated $600,000 [ in order to build a centre for kidney dialysis in Bouake, central Cote d’Ivoire. Around 7% of the adult population in the west African nation suffers from HIV/AIDS and that affliction can bring with it severe kidney trouble.

Fondation Kalou was established in 2009 with the aim of fortifying health care in Cote d’Ivoire and the centre, which was inaugurated in mid February, boasts 16 dialysers, 14 generators and 20 new computers for staff and administrators.

“Patients who require dialysis treatment have to travel great distances across the country. This centre will provide much needed care so people are closer to the treatment they high quality designer replica handbags need, and will hopefully save lives,” Salomon said.

The Kalous are part of an increasing number of players engaging with communities through philanthropy. Compatriot Emmanuel Eboue has raised over $200,000 ( for various educational projects in Cote d’Ivoire such as books, scholarships, uniforms and shoes. Through the Didier Drogba Foundation, which is responsible for a range of health care initiatives in Cote d’Ivoire, the former Chelsea striker has funded vital work from his own pocket. The Galatasaray forward is known to donate all commercial income from brands such as Nike and Pepsi to his foundation for distribution among charity projects, and is regarded as a hero at home.

Eto’o 1:1 replica handbags , who earns around per season with Anzhi Makhachkala, says: “Football has given me everything and I feel the obligation to give something Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica back to my people. There’s nothing better and nothing makes me happier than to share with those who are in need.”

The Michael Essien Foundation strives to provide basic infrastructure, such as clean drinking water, public toilets and libraries to the ‘underprivileged’ around his hometown of Awutu Breku, Ghana. The building of a borehole was of particular, poignant concern for Essien, who lost an older brother to a tragic accident while fetching water for the family. The Foundation also teaches basic skills aimed at empowering women; that part is in honour of his mother, who he describes 1:1 replica handbags as “the pillar behind me”.

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