France star Kylian Mbappe has made headlines both on and off the field at the World Cup.
The Paris Saint-Germain whizkid stole the show on Saturday, with a stunning display in Les Bleus’ 4-3 win over Argentina to send Didier Deschamps’ men into the last eight.
Mbappe terrorised the Argentine defence, winning a penalty and scoring twice in a pulsating encounter in Kazan.
But the 19-year-old sensation has also made waves with the news that he has elected to donate his entire international match fee to charity – because he feels he should not be paid to represent his country.
The £166million phenom, born in the Paris suburb of Bondy, gives away £17,000 per game (plus bonuses), according to French daily L’Equipe .
Mbappe is a patron of the Preiers de Cordees association, a charity which helps organise sports activities for children with disabilities.
Such an act of kindness deserves to be applauded, but Mbappe is far from alone in donating his international fees.
Indeed, it is something which England’s national side has, as a collective, done for over a decade, through the England Footballers Foundation.
The EFF was established by the players’ committee back in 2007, led by captain David Beckham and including the likes of John Terry and Gary Neville, to enable squads to collectively donate match fees and time during get togethers in support of good causes.
"As an England captain, and player, you have a responsibility to give back," says Beckham.
"Not only are we proud of playing for our country, but we know we can do certain things off the pitch to raise awareness," says Frank Lampard.
"As an ex-England player I was proud to do that and I’m very proud that the current England players are doing the same."
The EFF has proudly worked with many charities since its inception, including UNICEF, Cancer Research UK, Help for Heroes and The Honeypot Children’s Charity.
The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research is another, and they are currently benefiting from players’ donating their match fees in a bid to tackle bowel cancer and raise awareness of its symptoms, the disease having claimed the life of the only England World Cup-winning captain at senior level, at the age of 51.
The EFF has raised over £5million in the last 11 years.
England players will benefit to the tune of £5million if they win the World Cup – £215,000 per man. They have all already earned £54,000 each after reaching the first knockout stage.
When not at major competitions, England players receive in the region of £1,500 for a winning a qualifier/friendly international, £1,000 for a draw and £500 for a defeat.
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FA chief executive Martin Glenn spoke on the subject last year, ahead of a World Cup qualifier with Slovenia, when asked about Three Lions players and whether they care about playing for their country.
"I get absolutely indignant about the suggestion that players when they play for England don’t really care because it’s not anything like my experience.
"They don’t take a penny in match fees, they give it to charity."
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