The French soccer team claimed a 4-2 victory against Croatia during yesterday’s World Cup final, but one of their “wonderkid” players is winning hearts for showing his true character off the field.
19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who is a forward player for the team, made roughly $22,500 for each of the seven games that France played in the World Cup. On top of that, he was given a $350,000 bonus for winning the tournament, which totals up to half a million dollars in earnings.
But instead of spending his winnings on a Bugatti Roadster, he is donating every Euro to charity.
Premiers de Cordee helps disabled and hospitalized children to enjoy sports, and is the favorite charity for Mbappe, who has donated his time previously.
“Kylian, he’s a great person,” Sebastien Ruffin, general manager of the charity, told Le Parisien.
“When his schedule allows it, he intervenes for us with pleasure,” he added. “He has a very good [relationship] with children, he always finds the right [words] to encourage them. I sometimes even feel that [he] takes more pleasure to play with the kids than the kids themselves.”
OUR LOVE 🇫🇷🏆⭐️⭐️ https://t.co/fKz7iC6GNQ— Premiers de Cordée (@PremiersdCordee) July 15, 2018
Mbappe also pays proper respect to his elders. Upon becoming the second youngest soccer player to score in a World Cup final, Brazilian football legend Pelé posted to Twitter saying: “If Kylian keeps equalling my records like this I may have to dust my boots off again…”
Mbappe’s humble response? “The king will always be the king.”
The king will always remain king 👑— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 16, 2018
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