Kylian Mbappé, the 19-year-old French soccer star who scored four goals in this year’s World Cup, is donating all of his championship winnings to charity, USA Today reported.
Mbappé earned nearly $20,000, plus bonuses, per World Cup game, Sports Illustrated reported. He also earned about $350,000 after France defeated Croatia 4-2 on Sunday to win the tournament.
Mbappé’s proceeds will go to Premiers de Cordee, a charitable organization that gives free sports lessons to hospitalized and disabled children and coordinates disability awareness campaigns for schools and businesses. The teen became involved with the charity last year.
“Kylian, he’s a great person,” Sebastien Ruffin, general manager of Premiers de Cordee, told Le Parisien. “When his schedule allows it, he intervenes for us with pleasure. 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.”
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Mbappé made the decision to donate his earnings after consulting with his entourage, Le Parisien reported.
On Monday, revelers gathered on the Champs-Élysée in Paris to celebrate the win.
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(H/T: USA Today)