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December 12, 2018

France’s teen phenom Kylian Mbappe donating World Cup earnings to charity

September 30, 2018

Kylian Mbappe is a world-class World Cup champion in more ways than one.




With his title dreams now a reality, the 19-year-old French phenom will deliver on his pre-tournament pledge by donating his World Cup earnings to Premiers de Cordee, a charity that gives free sports instruction to disabled and hospitalized children.

Mbappe became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele 60 years ago, as the Frenchman notched his country’s last goal in its 4-2 victory over Croatia on Sunday. Mbappe scored four goals in this year’s World Cup, tying fellow countryman Antoine Griezmann and four others for second-highest in the tournament.

Kylian Mbappe isn’t the only one benefiting from his World Cup earnings. (Matthias Hangst / Getty Images)

France’s second World Cup championship — and first in 20 years — has given Mbappe added funds for the cause. According to Sports Illustrated, Mbappe earned about £17,000 (about $22,500) per game with bonuses, along with a £265,000 bonus (about $350,000) for winning the tournament. That brings his total donation to about $507,500 — a respectable sum for seven games, including the final.

Sebastien Ruffin, the charity’s general manager, said Mbappe is the right role model for those he is helping.

“Kylian, he’s a great person,” Ruffin told Le Parisien before the start of the World Cup. “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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