Celebrated drug user and sportsman Adrian Mutu (Getty)
The story of 'Baby 59' — the infant who was dramatically rescued from a Chinese sewer pipe — has evoked sympathy, anger and shock all around the world.
The news has not escaped Romanian striker Adrian Mutu, who has stated his belief that God wants him to adopt the 5lbs newborn. Which sounds perfectly rational.
The Guardian translates his comments to a Romanian TV channel:
"I couldn't figure out how to carry on living, how to eat my breakfast when I saw this story on TV. He's a special child. When I saw the baby I said 'I must adopt him, he has been sent to me by God.'
"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."
The father-of-three, who is now playing in Ligue 1 with Ajaccio, appears to have highly virtuous intentions, but The Guardian highlight the fact that Romania is not currently one of the 17 approved countries whose citizens can adopt from China.
Also, Mutu may also have slightly more pressing concerns to deal with than adopting a famous baby, seeing as he still owes Chelsea over €17m in damages after testing positive for cocaine.
- Adrian Mutu