The Croatian national team have revealed they will donate the entirety of their World Cup prize money to a special fund for children.
This is the height of awesomeness from a team that surpassed the expectations of many in the just concluded FIF World Cup in Russia.
The Croatian side had a fairytale run to the final, where they were beaten 4-2 by France. But still, the tournament was wholly successful for the nation as they achieved their best ever finish in a World Cup tournament and did their country proud.
Coming second out of 32 teams brings a big pool of prize money of about £21 million for the players and coaching staff but the group have elected to donate their bonuses to underprivileged children so that they can go on summer holidays.
It’s a wonderful gesture that shows the sheer pride of pulling on your country’s colours in the World Cup exceeds financial gain.
For England players, it is a tradition to donate their match fees to charity and have raised over £5 million for a slew of initiatives and projects since setting up the scheme up in 2007.
That amount will have increased hugely following the Three Lions’ run to the semi-finals under Gareth Southgate.
However, some other nations do not make it compulsory – which is why France World Cup hero Kylian Mbappe is rightly receiving plaudits for his selfless gesture.
The 19-year old, who won the Silver Ball for being the best young player in the tournament, decided to donate his earnings from the tournament to a charity that gives free sports instruction to hospitalised and disabled children in sports, Premiers de Cordee.
Mbappe earns about £17,000 ($22,534) for each game he plays, with bonuses. It was also reported that he received a £265,000 ($351,000) after France won the tournament, and he has given all that to charity.