Crystal Palace defender surely stands out in the crowd all thanks to his clothes, hair and his swag. But the defender has an emotional side and while talking to Mirror Football he tells what he really is, and what he’s really about.
While he was not part of France’s World Cup winning team – Sakho was busy visiting different countries in Africa.
“I went to Africa for three weeks on my own. I organised a trip around eight countries..Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Liberia, Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau..
“The World Cup was on. I was visiting jails, orphanages, schools – all these people need a positive message – especially the kids. Sure, I could have sent money. Kids may need that. But it is better for them to look in your eyes.”
“They need to hear your voice, your message. To touch you, speak with you, ask questions.”
“In Liberia, I met a lot of kids who were victims of the war there. It’s hard. I have three children myself and.. it’s hard. In Guinea-Bissau and the Ivory Coast, I went to jails to speak with the guys there. They had done wrong, but they needed help.
“I took the kids food, kit, clothes.. they needed everything and I took what I could. I wanted to show them I was there for them.”
“You know, it would be easy for me to turn up somewhere and for my agents to say: ‘You have an appointment at this school at 3pm.’ I could turn up, have a few pictures taken and then people would say: ‘Oh, what a nice person he is.’
“But it’s not enough. I know who I am, what I am and where I am going. My aim is to help.”