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Former Asian Footballer of the Year donated half a million RMB to Wuhan

Former Asian Footballer of the Year donated half a million RMB to Wuhan

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao’s star Zheng Zhi is reported to have sent 500,000 RMB ($70,000) to Wuhan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The skipper donated the money via Wuhan Charity Federation with the hope of easing the financial burden for Wuhan – the center of the coronavirus outbreak.

The devastating effect of the pandemic can be clearly seen in all fields and football also suffered from it with a wide variety of rescheduling, changing venues in many competitions like AFC Champions League, AFC Cup, AFC Futsal Championship.

Zheng Zhi’s Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao was also a victim of these changes.

The teammate of the former Brazil international Paulinho has been a true legend of Chinese football. He has won 10 Chinese Super League championships with Shenzen Jianlibao, Shandong Luneng, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao and was many times in the league Team of the Year.

Former Asian Footballer of the Year donated half a million RMB to Wuhan

The solid midfielder was a two-time Chinese Football Association Player of the Year and 2013 Asian Footballer of the Year as well.

The 40-year-old veteran also had a period playing for English Charlton Athletic and Scottish giants Celtic before returning to China to compete for Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao in 2010 and has built his stature as a reliable team captain ever since.

At international level, Zheng Zhi is now the 3rd most caps player for Chinese national football team (108) and expected to break the record with just four matches behind the leader.

With the donation to Wuhan, Zheng Zhi has shown his public responsibility when using wisely the high footballer salary to help the community. His action is a good example for other footballers and will surely win the heart of fans.