Former Chelsea and Juventus striker Adrian Mutu was so moved by the story of a newborn baby being found trapped in a sewage pipe that he wants to adopt the child.
Like most of the Western world, Romania star Mutu, who now plays for French side Ajaccio, was captivated by the news that 'Baby 59' was successfully freed from a 10cm-wide sewage pipe after being flushed down the toilet just after his birth.
The 34-year-old told Romanian TV channel ProTV that he would do everything in his power to adopt the child.
"I couldn't figure out how to carry on living, how to eat my breakfast when I saw this story on TV," said Mutu, who has also played for Parma, Fiorentina and Cesena.
"He's a special child. When I saw the baby I said 'I must adopt him, he has been sent to me by God.'"
Such statements represent something of a turnaround for Mutu, who has a lengthy rap-sheet of eccentric behaviour which started with a failed drugs test for cocaine while at Chelsea in 2004.
He was sacked and sued by the Blues for that misdemeanour - the case is still ongoing as Mutu appealed the £14m damages - but he got his career back on track in Italy.
Still, the hot-headed Mutu has been in trouble on several occasions, including a nightclub brawl when a waiter allegedly racially abused him, an incident when he and Romania team-mate Gabriel Tamas were briefly banned from the national team for an unauthorised drinking session, and another failed drugs test, although this time for a banned diuretic consumed inadvertently in a herbal laxative pill.
Mutu, who has three children with wife Consuelo and a son with his ex-wife, said he had never previously considered adoption but had been so moved by 'Baby 59’s' story that he wants to act.
"Just look at this poor little fellow. He made such a strong impression on me. I told my wife we have to help him, we have to do everything we can.
"I never thought I would adopt a baby, I had no plan concerning that, but I just know: I have to help this one."
It remains to be seen whether a man with such a chequered past would have any application approved by Chinese authorities.
Another thing that may get in Mutu’s way is China’s strict adoption law – only 17 countries are allowed to adopt Chinese children, and Romania is not one of them.
However Mutu is a resident in France, and has spent most of his career in Italy, where he owns property – both of those countries are on China’s list, which could go in his favour.
Still, the life of a millionaire's child would represent an incredible change in fortunes for 'Baby 59', named after the incubator he was kept in following his discovery.