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What Has Victor Wanyama Done For Kenya?

For the better part of Wednesday afternoon, a Kenyan on social media was on the receiving end of brutal attacks from his fellow countrymen after he made a controversial tweet which questioned Harambee Stars Captain Victor Mugubi Wanyama’s efforts and accomplishments off the pitch.

Using retired Ivorian football star Didier Drogba’s recent achievement of sponsoring the construction of an $1 million state of the art hospital in his hometown for comparison, one Njuguna Nyenjeri accused Wanyama of not having done enough to give back to the society despite pocketing millions of pounds every month.

Njuguna would soon regret having made the tweet after a swarm of Kenyans on Twitter descended upon him and condemned his remarks, with a huge majority insisting that the soon to be Champions League finalist doesn’t owe his country anything and that all of his massive success is courtesy of his hardwork.

Others seemed to agree with Njuguna’s sentiments with one specific Kenyan accusing Wanyama’s elder brother McDonald Mariga of the same.

Many footballers have made it to the top from disadvantaged backgrounds and it’s great to see when they use their wealth and status to give back to the community in some way.

Football stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil, Nwankwo Kanu, Lionel Messi and David Beckham are known to donate much to charity.

In 2012, Cristiano Ronaldo auctioned off his Golden Boot for that year, raising €1.5m that went towards building schools in the extremely volatile Gaza Strip.

Lionel Messi has contributed money regularly to community projects in Argentina as well as funding a dormitory for his football club as a child and a restoration of a hospital in his hometown.

The Argentine has also worked alongside UNICEF for several years now, working in collaboration with them and other charities to help improve the education systems in countries such as Nepal, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

David Beckham has his fingers in several pies when it comes to charity work, working with organisations such as UNICEF and “Help for Heroes” as well as being a founding member of ‘Malaria No More’ and the Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust.

He has raised a huge amount for the NSPCC and also donated all of his £170,000 a week while he was at PSG to charity.

It goes without doubt that Wanyama has been a great servant of the nation on the football pitch and has flied the nation’s flag high on numerous occasions but might Njuguna have a point?

Has Victor Wanyama given back enough to the society? Could he do more? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

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