Daniel Agger pays for homeless team to reach World Cup
He may look like a tattoo-covered hard man of a centre-half, but Daniel Agger proved his "heart of gold" credentials over the weekend when he answered the plea of the Danish homeless national side and forked out the necessary cash to fly the whole team out to the upcoming Homeless World Cup in Chile.
Denmark's eight-man squad were 20,000 kroner (around 2,100 pounds) short of the funds required to get themselves and their kit to Santiago, where the tournament is being held, before Agger, after being tipped off by Danish homeless organisation Ombold, came to the rescue.
Being the good egg that he is, Agger dipped into his own pocket and donated the 20,000 kroner to top up the Danish team's World Cup kitty.
Frits Ahlstrøm, a board member of Ombold (who use football as a means of helping disadvantaged people re-engage with society), told TV2: "I talked to [Agger] and told him that we still had 20,000 kroner to go, and he replied without hesitation: 'I'll give it you.'
"There is no substitute for class and Daniel has it on as well as off the field -- as a player and a person."
Agger's generous gesture mirrors that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who recently donated 30,000 pounds of his own money to the Swedish disabled national team to get them to the INAS 2014 World Football Championships in Brazil.
The team had merely planned to ask Zlatan for a signed shirt to raffle off to raise funds, but Zlatan, being Zlatan, replied "What the hell are you going to do with a jersey?" before stumping up the full amount.
Heroes, the pair of them.
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