Corentin Tolisso, the Bayern Munich midfielder, received the UNFP citizen player of the year trophy on Thursday for his commitment to families with a disabled child.
Due to the lack of ceremony due to the health context, the UNFP continues to distribute trophies. After Karim Benzema elected best French player abroad, Corentin Tolisso (26) was rewarded this Thursday. The Bayern Munich midfielder was named citizen player of the year for his commitment to families with a disabled child alongside the association “Handicap Tous Mobilisés” and through “Players For Society” , which supports the commitment of footballers.
“It touches me and I am very happy, he confided in a video published by the UNFP. Today, we are all living in a complicated situation with confinement and the Covid. Some families were going to end up with their child. in a disabled situation at home, without receiving the necessary care because their establishments were closed. I wanted to help them. With ‘Tous Mobilés’, we set up visios with families. My mother worked with people disabled all her life (she was director of two specialized establishments near Lyon, editor’s note) and I grew up working with these children. When I was little, I told myself that I would like to continue the work of my mom. I try my notoriety at their service to help them. “
The former Lyonnais has thus forged a deep relationship with families and children, as with Paul, who had entrusted him with a celebration to be achieved after a goal. “I had a wonderful time with him, he taught me sign language, adds Tolisso. I asked him to choose my next celebration and he made a gesture to me in Makaton (a communication system combining gestures and graphic symbols, editor’s note). “
Tolisso had kept his promise a few months later after his goal against Chelsea in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League (4-1). After having conversed with the children on video, he would now like to be able to meet them. “There is nothing that would make me more happy, he confided to RMC Sport last December. We spent a lot of time in video, I told them that I would like to make them come to matches. For the fans of football, that would make them happy. I was able to send some jerseys to some. Most of them, I will see them for real, and why not all together! “