Kylian Mbappe is not your average teenage boy. From a poor suburb called Bondy on the outskirts of Paris, to leading France to their second FIFA World Cup Trophy in Russia at a tender age of 19-years-old.

He is an incredible talent, mature for his age and generous as he decided to do give away his World Cup earnings to those who need the money the most.

The Generosity of Football Players Including Kylian Mbappe

Born in a poor suburb known more for riots and crimes, Kylian Mbappe will be donating his world cup salary, which is approximately $550,000, to Premiers de Cordee, a charity that helps disabled children participate in sport.

England players have been donating their salaries since 2007 to the England Footballers Foundation which has shared more than £5 million to different charities.                          But what makes Mbappe’s donation a special one is that he is a youngster putting the best interest of children first, at heart as a boy coming from a rough neighbourhood.

Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Michael Essien, Neymar and many others have donated to worthy causes over the years, which goes to show that footballers make an extra effort to help and to be good role models.

A couple of years ago Mbappe was just a boy living in Bondy, with posters of his idol Ronaldo on his bedroom wall. In 2016 Ronaldo was voted as the worlds’ most charitable sports star and now the 19-year-oldParis SaintGermain star is following in his hero’s footsteps.

Sebastien Ruffin, general manager of Premiers de Cordée, said Mbappé is a great person. “He always finds the right words to encourage the kids.’’ He told Le Parisien.

Kylian Mbappe is a Great Team Player

Mbappe has been instrumental to the success of the French team. The teenage star played seven matches and hit the back of the net four times including the final goal which sealed France’s World Cup victory against Croatia.

In Les Bleus 4-2 win over Croatia. Kylian Mbappe became the second teenager to score in the final of the global showpiece after Pele, and also the first teenager to score twice in a world cup match since Pele in 1958.

For his stellar performance in Russia, he won the best young player’s award to become the second straight France player to win the accolade after Paul Pogba won it in Brazil 2014.

The great Pele was impressed by Mbappe becoming the second teenager to score in a World Cup final. He said, “If Kylian keeps equalling my records like this I may have to dust my boots off again.” Mbappe replied, “The king will always remain king.”

The future looks bright for the humble Mbappe. He has already achieved a lot and has won the hearts of many people with his generosity and exciting brand of football.

 

 

 

 

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Tokelo Martin Mokhesi is a journalism graduate. Born and bred in Soweto. Tokelo Martin also known as Teekay is currently studying towards his Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management. Qualified sports journalist and social media manager. A keen sportsman, he plays cricket at Soweto Pioneers Cricket Club and is a former Ultimate Frisbee player for South Africa U24 (The Wild Dogs). On a mission to change lives through the power of sport. Tokelo is also a sport activist, and aspiring business owner/sport academy/agency/club Email: Martinmokhesi7@gmail.com

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