Paris Saint Germain star Kylian Mbappe paid tribute to an eight-year-old fan, Lucas, who died with a goal celebration less than a week after being honored by the striker.
The Frenchman took to social media Thursday to announce that Lucas had died.
“It is with great emotion that I inform you that Lucas has gone to the stars,” he wrote. “It is very difficult to find the words, but it is necessary to pay homage to this boy who is full of love, sympathy and above all courage, who has taught me so much and with whom I have developed a strong bond.
“I will try to make you proud because you are the real hero.
“You who deserve all of this praise for fighting your disease for more than 10 months without ever complaining.
“I take great pride in being your friend to your last breath and in believing that I will be forever.
“May God grant you the way to heaven, my little angel.
“I love you. Kylian.”
Les Petites Bosses, an organization that provides moral and financial support to sick and disabled children, also confirmed the news:
“Our little Lucas left this morning to join the stars. This little angel fought like a champion against disease, surrounded by his family.
“At only 8 years old, he had an extraordinary and inspiring personality. A model of strength and courage for us. “
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– Les Petites Bosses @ (@PetitesBosses) October 22, 2020
After Mbappe opened the scoring in last Friday’s 4-0 win against Nimes, which saw him hit the net twice, he lifted his shirt and revealed a message to the youngster that read: “Courage Lucas, I’m with you . “
He also paid tribute to Lucas when he spoke to French broadcaster Telefoot at half time and said, “I want to dedicate a little to Lucas, a friend of mine. We are one of the privileged, some are not so lucky. “
Lucas was a huge PSG fan, especially 21-year-old FIFA World Cup winner Mbappe.
???? We are happy to share these photos of Lucas, a huge @KMbappe fan who is celebrating his 8th birthday in a few days, with his PSG jersey signed by the entire staff. A big thank you to the @FondationPSG for his responsiveness and actions with sick children ???? pic.twitter.com/ssFr3Pu1zq
– Les Petites Bosses @ (@PetitesBosses) August 5, 2020
The striker raised money for Les Petites Bosses by auctioning one of his PSG kits.
In August, PSG invited him to a screening of the UEFA Champions League final in Paris at Parc des Princes when they faced Bayern Munich, but he was unable to attend.