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Ex-Man United defender Rafael donated his wages to charity during injury layoff

The Brazilian revealed the kind gesture he made last year.

Rafael in action against Juventus tonight.
Rafael in action against Juventus tonight.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

ANYONE KEEPING A close eye on tonight’s Champions League action may have come across a familiar face in the form of former Man United defender Rafael da Silva.

The Brazilian is playing for Ligue 1 side Lyon these days and featured in their 1-0 defeat to Juventus at the Stade des Lumieres.

Before the match, Rafael was interviewed by L’Equipe and spoke of his injury frustration last year after moving to France.

The 26-year-old suffered a thigh injury in September 2015 and faced the prospect of a couple of weeks out injured.

After just signing for the club, Rafael went to the owners and told them he didn’t want to be paid and instead his wages went to the club’s charity, the OL Foundation.

“I like playing and I like getting paid for it,” he told L’Equipe. “But I was not playing. I’m glad I made for kids, but it was also good for me, it did me good.”

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