Kylian Mbappe has been reportedly donating his huge match fees and bonuses to charity for an incredible reason.
The 19-year-old is said to be donating his £17,000 wages after every international game because he says he does not believe he should be paid to represent his country.
Money will go to a charity which sets up sport activities for children with disabilities.
Direction les Quarts de finale 😍🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/CKFaTLaKNN
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) June 30, 2018
According to L’Equipe, Mbappe will be donating all of his bonuses to the Premiers de Cordee association. He will then donate his participation wage to a different association after every match – what a great guy!
France beat Argentina 4-3 earlier today (June 30), in what some have called ‘the best game of the tournament’.
Mbappe bagged two goals in the game, but Argentina’s Lionel Messi failed to hit the back of the net in the seven-goal thriller, thus marking it his fourth World Cup ‘failure’.
Gary Lineker took to Twitter to give us some important statistics on Mbappe, writing:
Kylian Mbappe is the first teenager to score more than once in a World Cup tournament since Michael Owen scored one in two separate games in 1998.
Mbappe wasn’t born then. He’s also the first teenager to score two in a match since Pele v Sweden in the final of 1958. [sic].
Kylian Mbappe is the first teenager to score more than once in a World Cup tournament since Michael Owen scored one in 2 separate games in 1998. Mbappe wasn’t born then. He’s also the first teenager to score 2 in a match since Pele v Sweden in the final of 1958. 😳
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 30, 2018
In 2013, David Beckham donated his wages from Paris Saint-Germain to children’s charities.
He promised his earnings, while playing for PSG – which were rumoured to be around €200,000 (£170,000) a week – would go to a children’s charity in Paris.
At the time, The Guardian reported he’d said:
We’ve decided on something that’s quite unique. I won’t receive any salary: we’ve decided my salary will go towards a local children’s charity in Paris and that’s one of the things we’re very excited and proud to do.
It’s something I’m not sure has been done before but I’m passionate about children and the charity, so we came together and it’s something special.
England players have also donated their wages to charity in the past, having set up the Team England Footballers’ Charity.
FA chief, Martin Glenn, has previously said England players don’t keep their earnings when they’re playing for their country.
According to The Express, he said:
I get absolutely indignant about the suggestion that players when they play for England, don’t really care because it’s not anything like my experience.
They don’t take a penny in match fees, they give it to charity.
There’ve been some great moments on and off the pitch during the 2018 World Cup so far, and as we know, it’s the fans who really make it count.
Cristiano Ronaldo made a young fan’s day before the the tournament had even started.
As the team prepared to fly out to Russia, Rafael Agostinho managed to slip through security at Lisbon Airport where Ronaldo was boarding a team bus.
The kid was moved to tears and for Ronaldo to hang back and pose for a picture, well.. I’m not crying, you are.
Absolutely brilliant. The best thing you’ll watch today. F❤️❤️tb⚽️ll pic.twitter.com/uo9PU1D3uT
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) June 10, 2018
Ronaldo is also known to be supportive of both fans and charities. He recently teamed up with the Make A Wish Foundation to assist Portuguese children Joao and Francisca to visit the national team’s training facility in Oeiras, west Lisbon.
The Portuguese Football Federation said in a statement:
The encounter between the captain of the national soccer team and the two children was a moment full of emotion and happiness.
He’s also been named the ‘most charitable athlete’.
Ronaldo does a lot for charity, he’s previously auctioned off his 2013 Ballon d’Or trophy for £600,000, with all the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It’s nice to see!
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