France’s 19-year-old prodigy Kylian Mbappé is donating his World Cup winnings, totaling more than $500,000, to a charity for children with disabilities.
According to Business Insider (via French sports magazine L’Équipe), the Les Bleus and Paris Saint-Germain forward will donate his winnings, comprising approximately $22,500 per game — France played seven times — and a $350,000 winners’ bonus, to the Premiers de Cordée charity, which provides sporting opportunities to children who have been hospitalized or have disabilities.
Premiers de Cordée general manager Sebastien Ruffin told Le Parisien, “He’s a great person. When his schedule allows it, he intervenes for us with pleasure,” adding, “I sometimes even feel that he takes more pleasure to play with the kids than the kids themselves.”
Mbappé’s donation mirrors Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Özil, who gifted his World Cup earnings in 2014. Following Germany’s win against Argentina, Özil announced he would support the surgery of 23 children in Brazil as a “personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil.”
After scoring four goals in seven games in Russia, Mbappé has cemented his position as the world’s most exciting young talent, winning the World Cup’s Best Young Player award. His goal in the second half of the final in Moscow made him the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since a 17-year-old Pelé in 1958.
Pelé congratulated the wonderkid for his achievements, via Twitter, as seen below.
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