Lyon's Rafael da Silva donated wages to charity during injury layoff

Manchester United's defender Rafael Da Silva controls the ball during a friendly football match between AIK and Manchester United on August 6, 2013
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Lyon defender Rafael da Silva reveals that he donated his wages to charity when he was on the sidelines with a hamstring injury last season.

Lyon defender Rafael da Silva has revealed that he donated his wages to charity during a spell on the sidelines with injury last season.

The 26-year-old, who spent seven years playing for Manchester United before joining Lyon in 2015, made just 18 Ligue 1 starts last season after suffering a hamstring injury.

Instead of pocketing his salary while on the treatment table, the Brazilian opted to donate the cash to his club's charity the OL Foundation.

Rafael's money helped buy a robot, which allowed children in hospital to speak to the footballers ahead of matches.

"I like to play and I like to be paid for doing that, but I wasn't playing," L'Equipe quotes Rafael as saying. "I'm happy to have done that for the kids, but it was good for me too. It helped me."

Lyon are currently eighth in the league table.

Manchester United's defender Rafael Da Silva controls the ball during a friendly football match between AIK and Manchester United on August 6, 2013
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