Paul Gascoigne has revealed how he would routinely surprise families with 4am visits to donate £10,000 in order to go to Disney World as part of a £1million giveaway over 10 years.
The charismatic former England star is shocked at the money afforded to the best young players today – often earning twice as much as he did as an 18-year-old.
But ‘Gazza’ insists it was even too much back then, which afforded him the chance to share his wealth.
“I played for the shirt on my back,” told the Sun. “At 18 years of age I was on £25,000-a-week. Nowadays, I see 18-year-olds on £50,0000-a-week. And if you’re that age on 50 grand a week, who gives a s*** if you’re playing well or badly?
“There was money in my day but I gave £1million to charity over ten years and never told anybody.
“I knocked on people’s doors at 4am to give them £10,000 to go to Disney World.”
‘Gazza’ has also claimed he fears England will never see another player like him after Gareth Southgate claimed he was the closest thing he has seen in English football to Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric.
“He [Southgate] was right, wasn’t he? I was the best,” Gascoigne added. “There will never be another Bryan Robson. There will never be another Pele. And there will never be another Paul Gascoigne.
“I’m the only Paul Gascoigne and I would never put that pressure on a player to be the next one. It’s impossible. I’m not being big-headed, it’s just impossible. I don’t think we’ll see anyone like me in the next 20 years. Unfortunately.
“I knew how good I was and when I was on the ball, there wasn’t a problem.”