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Nwankwo Kanu

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Born in 1976, Nwanko Kanu has a long list of championship titles and awards to his name including: an Olympic gold medal, two African Player of the Year awards, a UEFA Champions League medal, and three FA Cup Winners medals to name a few. Over the course of his 20-year career, Kanu played for several clubs including: FC Heartland, AFC Ajax, Inter, Arsenal FC, West Brom, and Portsmouth FC. He played in three FIFA World Cups and Five African Nations Cups. One look at Kanu’s stats, and you’ll see that he’s arguably one of the all-time great African footballers on the field.

Kanu is also great off the field. After undergoing heart surgery for a serious heart defect, Kanu launched the Kanu Heart Foundation, which helps young African children with heart defects and homeless children. The Kanu Heart Foundation has helped more than 400 children receive life-saving heart surgeries. Kanu also serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Though Kanu retired from the game of football, he continues to score as a philanthropist.

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