Former Lazio and Inter striker Keita Balde had to struggle to find a hotel in Spain that would accommodate 200 seasonal workers, even though he paid for their food and lodgings.
Via Instagram, he revealed today that he will manage a hotel that would have rooms for 90 of the 200 employees:
“I offered myself as a volunteer to help them, seeing as they had nothing and were sleeping on cardboard,” he said in a video.
“I am not here to fight a moral, social or racial war. I just sent the necessary money for them to have a roof over their heads, food to eat and some clean clothes.”
Keita is a 25-year-old forward born and raised in Spain, but his family comes from Senegal, and plays his African country international football.
From 2011-17 he spent much of his career with Lazio in Italy, then back in 2018-19 at Inter on loan from Monaco.
The forward is currently playing for Monaco. He shared his dissatisfaction with Senegalese workers being forced to sleep on cardboard in the streets during the pandemic.
Despite promising to pay for their food and lodgings, he was later unable to locate a hotel in Lleida willing to open its doors, with 13 turning him down. He has promised to resolve this issue, however.