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Mamadou Sakho started from humble beginnings

The French international went on to play for PSG, Liverpool & Crystal Palace

The defender now wants to 'give back' to those who need help

He has developed his own charity "Amsak," with his wife

CNN  — 

His is a life that young, football mad kids dream of. A Premier League footballer, who also plays for his country, living in a beautiful house in one of London’s most desirable suburbs.

The house’s style is minimalist and of exquisite taste. Relaxed and frequently smiling, French international Mamadou Sakho sits on a sofa in an immaculate white T-shirt.

If he smiles a lot Sakho is also extremely thoughtful. He talks of his desire “to study” in the future – “football is a closed world and I like to open my mind,” he tells CNN Sport – and he is keen to discuss his charity projects, one that will involve working with South London barber Nikky Okyere.