Sicknote da Silva
Manchester United might remember that Rafael da Silva was a bit of a sicknote during his time at the club. The Brazilian full-back is no stranger to injuries and has continued picking them up since moving to Lyon in the summer of 2015. He was unavailable for 12 games in his debut campaign. When he picked up a hamstring injury early on in this campaign, he felt guilty.
Good guy Rafael
As transcribed by Sporting Witness from L’Equipe story, Rafael went to Lyon’s board last month and told them to not pay him until he was fit again. He wouldn’t accept their money. When they told him that holding back his wages was illegal, they came up with an alternative. He said he would put his wages to the club’s charity (the OL Foundation).
He decided to use his money to pay for a robot that would allow hospitalised kids to communicate with players on match days. The robots are often on the pitch or in the dressing room.
Rafael said: “I like to play and I like to be paid for doing that, but I wasn’t playing… I’m happy to have done that for the kids, but it was good for me too. It helped me.”
It’s refreshing to hear about a professional footballer who thinks ethically about his wealth. Rafael is a good egg. To read about a story of two kids who benefitted from the existence of these robot machines, click here.
See the robot that his money funded in the picture below.