DA SILVA DONATES SALARY TO CHARITY
Rafael Da Silva has become quite famous off the field after donating his salary to charity while he was off the field due to an injury sustained during game play.
Da Silva, who had spent about 7 years at Manchester United before moving over to Olympique Lyonnais in the August of 2015 had barely spent up to a month with his new club before he came off with an injury.
However, the Brazilian would not accept any checks while out of play, asking the club's management to cancel his payment since he was not playing.
The club had informed Da Silva that his request was an impossible one due to what they identified as clauses within his "terms of contract." Since he was determined not to collect any checks, Olympique Lyonnais went on to find a solution to the issue, thus donating his salary within that time frame to the club's charity.
This money was used in the purchase of a mobile robot so that kids in the hospital could be "present" and speak with players through webcam on match days.
The donation, which had taken place a year ago was not heard of because Da Silva didn't want attention for this. During an interview with L'Equipe, Da Silva had said,
"I like playing and I like getting paid for it, but I was not playing… I’m glad I made money for the kids, but it was also good for me. It did me good."
Da Silva's actions are quite admirable. However, other players in one form or the other, also donate to charity over the years. David Beckham and Serena Williams, are also few of these players with Beckham owing a charity, Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust, with a focus on helping children.