Kylian Mbappe, France’s most valuable player in its World Cup victory, is planning to donate his salary from the event to a children’s charity.
French news outlet Le Parisien reports that the 19-year-old striker, who scored four goals in the tournament and was easily the French side’s most dynamic player, is pledging all of his World Cup earnings, a reported $500,000, to Premiers de Cordee, an organization that offers free sports programs to disabled and hospitalized children.
Sebastien Ruffin, general manager of Premiers de Cordée, called Mbappe’s a great person.
“Kylian, he’s a great person,” he told Le Parisien. “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. We were made aware [of the donation] by the entourage of the player and his family a few days ago. We do not want to come forward, because the bonus would be paid only in case of qualification of the Blues in the quarterfinals, but we are very touched by the approach of Kylian. This is a very personal approach made by the player: We never ask for financial help from our sponsors.”
Mbappe, who’s been supporting the organization since June of 2017, reportedly earned about $22,500 per game with a $350,000 bonus if France won the tournament, which they did in topping Croatia 4-2 Sunday for the country’s second World Cup.