Sinner to saint – Drogba’s hospital gift
IN a remarkable show of charity, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has pledged a £3-million donation to build a hospital.
Drogba is handing over the fee he will receive for becoming the new face of Pepsi.
Chelsea, his employers, should have been entitled to a cut from his sponsorship fee as a result of an image rights clause in Drogba's contract.
However, following an approach from the player to the club’s board, they have agreed to waive it.
Sources close to the remarkable deal also claim there will be a further generous donation by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in a personal show of support for Drogba.
It is understood Abramovich may even have offered to match the donation.
The footballer launched the Didier Drogba Foundation two years ago, bought land in his hometown of Abidjan and committed to raise funds to build a hospital with the aim of opening the facility by the end of 2010. – Daily Mail