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Rafael refused wages while injured — donated ENTIRE income to children’s charity

A tale to warm even the stoniest of hearts.

It has emerged that Lyon full-back, Rafael da Silva, donated all his wages to charity while he was out injured last season.

The former Man United defender tore his thigh muscle just a few weeks after signing for the Ligue 1 club in 2015.

Realising his lay-off would be a considerable one, Rafael met with club officials and requested that he not be paid any wages until he was fit to play.


Lyon were unable to oblige due to legal clauses in the player’s contract but instead found a better solution.

They agreed to donate all of the 26-year-old’s wages to the club’s in-house children’s hospital charity.

The money was used to buy a robot that allows hospitalised children to virtually attend Lyon’s home games via a webcam as well as interacting with players and staff.

If you are somehow not yet already fully endeared towards Rafael then this last detail should do the trick.

We are only just finding out about this now because at the time he declined to publicise his charitable gesture as he didn’t want any personal recognition.

Well tough luck, Rafa, you’re getting plenty now and you deserve every last drop.

What a top bloke.