On Sunday, Kylian Mbappé scored a sensational goal at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, helping France defeat Croatia 4-2 in the thrilling 2018 World Cup final. In doing so, the 19-year-old became the youngest player to score a goal in a World Cup final since Brazilian football icon Pelé 60 years ago. The teenager, who was born to an Algerian mother and a Cameroonian father in the Parisian banlieue of Bondy, scored four goals in seven games, and was named the “Best Young Player” of the 31-day-long tournament.
As it turns out, the teen is as generous as he is talented. The French forward is set to donate his entire World Cup earnings to charity. To wit: Mbappé made roughly US$22,300 each game, plus a reported US$350,000 bonus for helping lead Les Bleus to their second World Cup victory on Sunday. Roughly adding up to US$500,000, the athlete has revealed that he will be donating that sum to Premiers de Cordée, a French charity that provides free sports instruction to disabled and hospitalized children.
“Kylian, he’s a great person,” Sebastien Ruffin, general manager of Premiers de Cordée, 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.” The athlete currently plays for French professional football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for a fee of US$217 million, which is the second highest fee of all time. His teammate, Neymar Jr. currently holds the record for the highest-earning player, transferring last year for US$263 million.