Wilfried Zaha gives 10 per cent of his £130,000-a-week contract to charity every month

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Wilfried Zaha has drifted away from the spotlight since the conclusion of the most recent summer transfer window.

The Ivory Coast international made no secret of his intention to leave Crystal Palace for the 2019-20 campaign, yet the club stood firm in response to interest from Arsenal and Everton.

Zaha admitted to being frustrated by how his employers handled the situation, which could be contributing to his lacklustre performances so far this season.

The winger is yet to score for the Eagles despite playing all but 65 minutes of their eight Premier League matches.

Considering Zaha is one of the top earners at Palace, you might be tempted to accuse him of taking home more than he’s worth.

However, while there are plenty of footballers who pocket their exorbitant wages with no regard for their output on the pitch, the 26-year-old isn’t one of them.

The Ivorian recently received the Best of Africa Award for Philanthropic Endeavour at a ceremony in London in recognition of his humanitarian efforts in his home country.

Each month, Zaha donates ten per cent of his reported £130,000-a-week contract to good causes, including his sister's orphanage, Tomorrow's Hope.

He’s also set up his own charity - the Zaha Foundation - to help youngsters play football in England and the Ivory Coast.

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Zaha - who grew up as one of nine siblings in the Ivory Coast - said after collecting his award, per The Mirror: “My passion for football has given me a platform to do something I love and to help others that, like me, didn’t receive any help or handouts.

“I know what it’s like to come from nothing and not have any handouts, so I hope that what I’m doing is putting a smile on some people’s faces.

“Realising my dreams to be a professional footballer inspires me every day to help others.

“I love football and always give everything on the pitch, but I am aware that one day I will have another life with my charity, family friends and those trusted people around me.”

Zaha is a shining example of a growing number of players including Juan Mata, Hector Bellerin and Mohamed Salah who are using their status to make a difference.

It just goes to show not every Premier League star is obsessed with money, supercars and mansions.

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