World Cup star reveals plans for Russia-themed boots – RT Sport News

Cameroonian international footballer Gael Ondoua, who made headlines after playing in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in boots emblazoned with a Russian flag, said he plans to auction off his boots once his duties end in Qatar.

Ondoua, 27, was born in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital, but moved to Russia at a young age and spent most of his formative years working his way up the ranks of minor Russian football.

He graduated from Lokomotiv Moscow’s academy in 2014 before briefly joining city rivals CSKA Moscow and making a short stint at Anzhi Makhachkala in 2018.

He recently moved to Germany with Hannover 96, but the proud Ondoua paid tribute to his World Cup upbringing by sporting the flags of Cameroon and Russia on his boots – which was later criticized by VIPs Norwegian media.

But speaking out on the controversy, Ondoua refused to distance himself from his upbringing and said his time in Russia was crucial for his development as a person and a footballer.

“Everyone knows I’ve been playing like this for ten years – with two flags on my shoes” Ondoua said at the tournament, via TASS.

“Why didn’t they notice before and started making noise now?” After the first game, seeing my boots, there were so many nasty things written to me from all over the world, but I won’t change anything in my life. Thanks to Russia, I am here.

Ondoua has now pledged to make the best of the situation by announcing plans to sell its boots online in a bid to raise money for worthy causes.

I donate my boots, which I played at the 2022 World Cup, to a charity auction,he announced on his Telegram channel.

All proceeds from the auction will go to the charitable foundation Change One Life, which helps children in orphanages across Russia reunite with their parents.

It remains to be seen exactly what price Ondoua could fetch when his football boots hit the market – but it’s suspected they could be worth a pretty penny if he puts them to good use in Friday’s crucial Group G clash against Brazil, which Cameroon must win. if they want to have a chance of qualifying for the round of 16.

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