Mbappe donating bonus of about $350,000

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July 18, 2018
France forward Kylian Mbappe, centre, and forward Ousmane Dembele sign autographs.

PARIS (AP):

Teenage World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe is giving his bonus to an association that puts sports in the lives of hospitalised children.

The head of Premiers de Cordee (First in Line), Sebastien Ruffin, says two weeks before France clinched the World Cup he was informed that Mbappe would give the group his bonus if the team qualified for the quarter-finals.

French Football Federation chief Noel Le Graet confirmed in Sunday's Journal du Dimanche that other associations also would benefit from the France forward's largesse - "about €300,000 (US$350,000)."

Mbappe mentors the kids, and Ruffin said the player has "very good contact" with them: "I sometimes feel he gets more pleasure playing with kids than they do."

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