Mbappe to donate almost 36 million from his world cup earnings to charity

Kylian Mbappé recently became a world wide sensation for his sterling performance in the just concluded world cup 2018 games, which saw France emerge as the winners.

The 19-year-old is a talented footballer, but the decision he has settled on after the world cup is what might shock many especially those who feel it was not a right decision.

According to USA Today, Mbappe has decided to forward all his earning from the tournament to charity through Premiers de Cordée, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to sports for hospitalized children.

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Mbappé has worked with Premiers de Cordée in the past, and according to French outlet L’Equipe, he came to the conclusion back in June that the money made during the World Cup would better serve the organization than himself.

And it’s a lot of money. According to Sports Illustrated, the 19-year-old earns up to £17,000 (Ksh1,997,829) (approximately $22,537) Ksh (2,262,317.92) per game

Because of their win in Russia, he could be headed back to France with an additional £265,000(Ksh 35,247,509) bonus (about $351,316) Ksh (35,265,939)

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He was already a star before his incredible performance in the finals, but these money moves have earned Mbappé more fans than ever.

Among other footballers who give back to charity include

1. Didier Drogba

The ex-Chelsea foward helped end a 5-year-old civil war in his country after plea to support Ivory Coast in the 2006 World Cup.

He also has a charity organization called The Didier Drogba Foundation which works toward the betterment of basic necessities in Ivory Coast.

2. Craig Bellamy

This Premier League star has donated 1.4 million pounds(Ksh10,534.29) of his own earnings in Sierra-Leone to start the Craig Bellamy Foundation, which provides world-class education to young minds along with training them for football.

3. Mario Balotelli

He, reportedly, have been seen giving out 1000 pounds (Ksh1,323,30) to the destitute. And his generosity doesn’t end here-he donates half of his salary to various charities. Super Mario Indeed!

4. Mesut Ozil

He donated his World Cup earnings, i.e. 237,000 pounds(Ksh 3,152,324) to the World Cup host nation Brazil. 23 Brazilian children to will get benefit from this and will be able to use the money for their medical needs.

5. Lionel Messi

Messi has a foundation named Leo Messi Foundation and he is an active member of UNICEF. Besides this, Messi actively donates to his home country Argentina. Be it the construction of his childhood club’s dormitory or restoration of a hospital in his home town, he is there to help out.

6. Cristiano Ronaldo

He donated 1.5 million euros (Ksh 14,939.72)to set up schools in Gaza by selling the Golden Boot he won in 2012. He has helped to set up a cancer center in Madeira. He is now the brand ambassador for ‘Save The Children’ campaign which helps those kids who suffer from hunger and obesity.

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Lionel Messi’s Russian fans celebrate his 31st birthday with a chocolate sculpture of himself

Messi has been under harsh criticism lately for under performing in the field but that did not deter chocolatiers in Moscow from bakng him a cake.

According to Daily Mail, a team of five workers from the Russian capital’s Altufyevo Confectionary Shop spent nearly a week making a life-size chocolate sculpture of the striker.

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Mounted on a green pitch birthday cake the Messi masterpiece weighs 132lb (60kg) and marked his 31st birthday yesterday.

‘We found out by chance that it was Messi’s birthday on June 24,’ said chief confectioner Daria Malkina. ‘And we thought, ‘why not make Leo a gift, a chocolate sculpture of himself’?’

Malkina said she had been in touch with Messi’s representatives about handing him the sculpture.

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‘We will give Lionel Messi to Lionel Messi,’ Malkina said, laughing.

In the meantime it will be put on display in Bronnitsy, a town 30 miles from Moscow where Argentina are based for the month-long tournament.

Ardent fan of Lionel Messi commits suicide after Argentina lost to Croatia

Messi might need cheering up, having been criticised for his tepid performances during the World Cup with Argentina facing the prospect of exiting the tournament early unless remaining Group D results go their way.

His team mates also celebrated him with a cake and gifts as he turned 31, he sure is a lucky man.

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Ardent fan of Lionel Messi commits suicide after Argentina lost to Croatia

A die hard fan of Lionel Messi has reportedly committed suicide, as a result of the 3-0 loss that Argentina suffered against Croatia on Thursday June 2.

The main who was identified as Dinu Alex,30  hails from Kerala in South India went missing on Friday after the match that saw the South Americans team lose

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According to The Standard the deceased body is said to have been retrieved  near a river. Speaking to India Today it was revealed that Alex left behind a suicide note adding that he was an ardent fan of Lionel Messi.

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His suicide note partly read:

“I have nothing left to see, I’m going deep into deaths.”

A close relative describes the last moments by Alex he said

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“Yesterday, he purchased a T-shirt like the one worn by Messi(below) and sat down to watch the match. In the morning when his mother got up at 4 a.m to prepare food for Alex, she saw that the back door of the kitchen was open

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“They then went to check on Alex and found that he was missing,” he added,

Having examined his body which had no would, the police made a conclusion that the deceased may have committed suicide.

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Leo Messi Marries His Childhood Sweetheart In Front Of Star-Studded Guests

Lionel Messi, one of the world’s greatest footballers, married his childhood sweetheart today in a lavish Argentinian ceremony.

More than 250 friends and family – including some of football’s biggest names – jetted to Argentina to watch the sporting star, 30, marry Antonella Roccuzzo, 29, at the plush hotel complex, as an alleged family feud threatened to overshadow the day.

The couple, who have known each other for some 25 years, banned mobile phones at the event. Staff were also sworn to secrecy and 450 police officers were drafted in for the big day.

Samuel Eto’o was the first guest to walk along the red carpet and past the world’s press, followed by Aguero and girlfriend Karina, Cesc Fabregas and fiance Daniella Seeman, Antonella’s best friend, and Argentine national team player Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Barcelona teammate Neymar arrived on his own because, according to Argentinian media, he proposed to girlfriend Bruna Marquezine and she said no.

Women guests were reportedly encouraged to bring three dresses to avoid clashes or repeats of clothes, or even colours and textures, while male guests were told to take three different types of shirts.

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‘It’s Over For Me’ – Lionel Messi Sensationally Quits International Football

A heartbroken Lionel Messi has said that he is to retire from international soccer after Argentina were beaten 4-2 by Chile in a penalty shootout in the Copa America final on Sunday, the fourth final the Barcelona striker has lost with the national side.

Messi, who was in tears after the match, spoke after the game to Argentine television and explained his decision. “That’s it. It’s over for me with the national team,” he explained.

“It’s not for me. That’s four finals. The decision has been made, I think so. [Winning] is what I wanted most. It didn’t come. I think that’s it. That’s how I feel now, what I think. It’s a great sadness.”

Messi had the chance to give his side a crucial advantage but his effort sailed high and over the crossbar

Messi’s decision has been sparked by his disappointment with his national side and his anger with the AFA (Argentine Football Association).

The 29-year-old, five times World Player of the Year, has won every trophy possible at club level with Barcelona, though his only titles with Argentina were the Under-20 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics.

“It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis,” he said. “In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me.

The Argentina talisman missed his side's first penalty in the shoot-out against Chile

“That’s the way I feel right now, it’s a huge sadness once again and I missed the penalty that was so important. I tried so hard to be champion with Argentina. But it didn’t happen. I couldn’t do it.”

He has played in three Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016 and the 2014 World Cup final, and was on the losing side every time. Argentina failed to score in all four matches.

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Third goal takes Barcelona tie beyond Bayern: Guardiola

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola lamented his side’s capitulation to a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona as the Catalans scored three times in the final 13 minutes to win the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final 3-0.

Messi turned the tie in Barca’s favour with two superb finishes in three minutes as he fired home from the edge of the area before dinking the ball over the impressive Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal.

And he then turned provider in stoppage time by playing in Neymar to all but book Barca’s place in the final in Berlin early next month.

“After 1-0 it sapped our confidence a bit, the last goal is a shame because with 2-0 we had a chance, but 3-0 it is difficult,” said Guardiola, who was returning to the Camp Nou as the opposition coach for the first time after winning 14 trophies in four years as Barca boss between 2008 and 2012.

The result could have been even more one-sided but for an inspired performance from Neuer, but Messi was delighted to finally find a way past the German international and gain some measure of revenge for losing last year’s World Cup final against the Bayern number one.

“They have a great goalkeeper, he stopped Luis (Suarez) in a one-on-one, but it was important to score,” said Messi.

“We know how good Bayern are, they like to have the ball, they will be strong at home, but thankfully we managed to get the goals.”

Bayern have been rocked by a series of key injuries in recent months, but still sealed a 25th German title last weekend and Guardiola insisted his players couldn’t be faulted.

“I am very proud of the team, of these players. We have had problems in these two or three months and we have got to here. I cannot reproach them for anything.

“The result hurts us, Barca are in great form. I understood that the way to stop them was to have the ball, I don’t know how to do it any other way.

“We wanted to control the game, but against players of this level you can be exposed. We lacked presence up front.”

Guardiola’s former teammate and friend, Barca coach Luis Enrique, admitted his job is made a lot easier by having Messi in his side.

However, Enrique was quick to laud the Catalans’ overall display as Bayern were prevented from getting a single shot on target.

“More than what we have seen from Leo in attack, was his defensive work when we didn’t have the ball.

“Today we have played against a very good team. We were very balanced as a team and very effective.

“We created a lot more chances than the opponent and that speaks to how well the players are playing.”

Guardiola had described Messi as “unstoppable” in his pre-match press conference and Barca defender Gerard Pique agreed that his former boss knows as well as anyone the havoc that the four-time World Player of the Year can reek on this sort of form.

“Guardiola knows Messi well and knows that if he is inspired no one can stop him. He scored two fantastic goals,” said Pique.

“We played a sensational match. Defensively we were very good because that a team like Bayern doesn’t have a shot on target is sensational. Then we took our chances up front and did a lot of damage on the counter-attack.”

Bayern came from 3-1 down in the quarter-finals against Porto with a stunning 6-1 second-leg victory at home, but forward Thomas Mueller admitted doing so against Barca is a different story.

“It’s not easy to play here, but it didn’t feel like the game was heading that way (3-0) on the pitch.

“We’re FC Bayern, we’ll keep our heads up, you can’t expect another Porto result, but we’ll give our all until the final whistle in Munich.

“We’re far from happy with the result, but what we need to do now as a team is stand united and not play the blame game.

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Messi admits he could leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi saw arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo beat him to the Ballon d’Or in Zurich on Monday and then reignited speculation over his own future by saying: “I don’t know where I’ll be next year.”

Barcelona and Argentina superstar Messi appeared to row back on his own comments made 24 hours earlier that rumours that he could leave the Camp Nou for Chelsea or Manchester City were “all lies”.

“I always said that I would finish my career at Barcelona and then at (his home town club in Argentina) Newell’s,” Messi told reporters after Real Madrid’s Portuguese icon Ronaldo lifted the world footballer of the year title for the second year in succession at a glittering FIFA awards ceremony.

“But I don’t know where I’ll be next year.

“As Cristiano (Ronaldo) said recently, football has many twists and anything can happen,” added the Barca talisman, who himself won the Ballon d’Or four years in a row from 2009.

After a superb performance in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Spanish champions Atletico Madrid on Sunday, Messi had angrily dismissed talk that he wanted to leave after clashing with Barca’s manager Luis Enrique and the club’s board.

“I have never demanded anything to ensure that I stay because I never had any intention of leaving,” he told Barca TV after the match.

Messi’s relationship with Enrique had come under scrutiny after the forward was benched for the 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad a week earlier. The rumours grew after Messi missed the first training session after that match, citing a stomach bug.

“I have heard it said that my dad has spoken to Chelsea or Manchester City. It is all lies. I have taken this chance to deny it so that everyone knows the truth,” Messi said Sunday.

But his latest comments are sure to regenerate interest from a number of cash-rich English Premier League clubs.

Manchester United are reportedly one of the few that could afford the buyout fee from his contract, reportedly set at 250 million euros (195 million pounds, $296 million), without falling foul of UEFA’s financial fair play rules.

With Messi commanding a reported salary in the region of 20 million euros a year the total cost of acquiring his services on a five-year deal could be a world record-shattering 350 million euros.

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Ronaldo leaves Messi in shade with third Ballon d’Or

Portuguese and Real Madrid great Cristiano Ronaldo won his third Ballon d’Or on Monday at the FIFA ceremony in Zurich to edge within one of his eternal rival Barcelona’s Argentinian magician Lionel Messi.

The 29-year-old forward — who played a key role in Real Madrid’s charge to a 10th Champions League trophy — beat Messi and Germany’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Ronaldo was the star of the night in which Real teammate James Rodriguez won the goal of the year award and Germany’s Joachim Loew was declared coach of the year.

“I never thought I would win this trophy on three occasions,” Ronaldo said in his victory speech, signalling there would be no letup in his quest for football glory.

“I want to be one of the greatest players of all time and of course this requires a lot of effort,” added the Portuguese striker who also won the award in 2013 and in 2008.”

Ronaldo, whose son and mother were present and burst into tears when he went up to collect the award, praised his team-mates but he also paid homage to his family.

“I would like to thank my mother, to my father, who is in heaven and who is looking down on me, to my family,” said Ronaldo.

“It has been an unforgettable year and to win a trophy of this importance is unimaginable.”

The always well-groomed Portuguese then took to Twitter to express his joy.

“2014 was full of incredible moments. Thank you all!” he tweeted.

Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 10th European Champions League crown — their first in 12 years — in sensational style in 2014, smashing Messi’s record of 15 Champions League goals in a single season with 17 in just 11 appearances.

The only real disappointment for him was that a patellar tendinosis problem in his left knee contributed to an underwhelming World Cup for the Portugal captain.

Ronaldo cruised to victory garnering 37.66% of the votes of the 181 national team coaches, 182 national team captains, and 181 media representatives who voted. Messi finished second with 15.76% and Neuer just adrift of the Argentinian with 15.72%.

Loew, who moved up from assistant coach to the top job after the 2006 World Cup which Germany hosted and reached the semi-finals, said that the award rounded off a sensational year.

“It is for me a huge honour, it is the icing on the cake and the cake was winning the World Cup,” said Loew.

Loew, who also guided Germany to the Euro 2008 final where they lost to Spain, said that Germany’s win in Brazil was no accident but had been the fruits of long hard labour.

“Winning the World Cup was the consequence of many years hard work and lots of right decisions.”

Loew won the award with 36.23% of all votes.

Real Madrid’s Italian handler Carlo Ancelotti was second with 22.06% with Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian coach Diego Simeone third (19.02%) after an extraordinary season in which he led them to the Spanish title, ending the dominance of Real and Barca, and also to the Champions League final where they led their city rivals till the final minute.

Rodriguez’s sublime volley for Colombia against Uruguay in their last 16 match at the World Cup was a worthy winner for goal of the year voted on by the public.

The 23-year-old — who was outstanding as Colombia reached the quarter-finals only to lose to Brazil — came out ahead of Robin van Persie’s header at full stretch against Spain in the World Cup final group game against Spain and surprise finalist Irishwoman Stephanie Roche.

Rodriguez, who earned a big money move to Real Madrid on the back of his performances at the World Cup, said this was a special award for his country.

“I am happy, I would like to thank all those who voted,” said Rodriguez.

“It is a very special goal for me and for all of Colombia. These are words of happiness and gratitude.”

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I’m not going anywhere, fires indignant Messi

Four-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi shot back angrily Sunday at rumours that he could leave Barcelona after clashing with coach Luis Enrique and the club’s board.

The Argentine was in top form with a goal and two assists as the Catalan giants ended and unsettling week off the field with a crucial 3-1 win over La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

“I have never demanded anything to ensure that I stay because I have never had any intention of leaving,” he told Barca TV after Sunday’s match.

“I have heard it said that my dad has spoken to Chelsea or Manchester City. It is all lies.

“I have taken this chance to deny it so that everyone knows the truth.”

Messi had missed training on Monday, citing a stomach bug, after being left on the bench by Enrique for last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad.

And he sent the rumour mill into overdrive later in the day by following Chelsea and two of their players Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis on social media site Instagram.

Sources in the Catalan press then claimed Messi had met with Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu in midweek to ask for the former Barca captain Enrique to be replaced as coach.

“I am grateful to be able to give my version of events,” he said.

“It hurts me because it comes from here, from Barcelona, from people that love the club, or say they do. It doesn’t come from Madrid like it has in the past.

“It is not good that they look for rivalry between Luis Enrique and I because there isn’t any,” Messi added.

“We need to be more united than ever, the fans and us. We have an important six months ahead to achieve good things for us and for the club.”

Any doubts over Enrique’s job in the short term were blown away by arguably his side’s best performance in his seven-month reign.

Messi teed up Neymar to slot home the opener after 12 minutes and then repeated the trick to allow Luis Suarez to register just his second La Liga goal.

The Argentine inadvertently handed Atletico a route back into the game when deemed to have brought down Jesus Gamez inside the area on the hour mark and Mario Mandzukic slammed home from the penalty spot.

Messi made amends when he slotted home the clinching goal from close range three minutes from time to move Barca back to within a point of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

“This win has a special value because it is against a direct rival for the league,” Suarez said.

“At the moment the self-confidence in the team is good. This win will gives us a big boost because it came against Atletico Madrid.

“It is spectacular to play with Messi and Neymar, just like the rest of my team-mates. We have achieved a great victory.”

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Messi annoyed at being singled out for doping test

Lionel Messi was one of five players selected by Uefa to undergo an anti-doping control prior to Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-German, but the Argentine captain was miffed as he revealed that his test was more in-depth than that of the other players.

“Doping control. Of the five chosen, I was the only one who had to give urine and blood samples… bit strange isn’t it?” Messi wrote on his Instagram account, where he also published a photograph of himself inside the club changing rooms.
It’s not the first time that the Argentinean has expressed his frustration at being singled out for anti-doping controls.

During the summer World Cup finals he posted on social-networking sites that he was unable to celebrate Argentina’s qualification for the final due to having to pass anti-doping tests.