Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Prince Oniangue donated bone marrow to his younger brother in order to help cure his sickle cell anaemia.

At the age of 18, whilst playing for Rennes, Oniangue selflessly put a hold on his promising football career to halt his brother's pain.

With the corrupt, selfish, money-dominated nature of football coming to the fore in recent weeks, it is refreshing to hear of a story possessing such altruism and self-sacrifice.

Speaking to ​The Sun, Oniangue commented on the procedure and the situation surrounding it.

“I had to do it because when he was young at home I saw the pain he was in. I said one day if I can, I’ll give. It wasn’t possible before 18. I had to wait until after 18 to do it.


“He had the problem for a long time, from when he was born. It was genetic. But me? I didn’t have it.

“I asked the club for permission and they said ‘OK, no problem’. I asked questions (to the doctors) if I could play football afterwards and they said ‘Yeah, no problem’.

“So I said, ‘OK, I’ll do this for my brother’."

The Congolese star went on to discuss life after the operation, for both him and his brother.

“I gave it and two weeks after I got my capabilities back. He had a process of restoration and after, he was OK. No cries, no ‘argghh’, he was OK.

“Today, he’s perfect, no sickness. He’s 31, works as a website designer and is very happy.”

After this selfless experience, Oniangue admitted that the small details no longer worry him, and that he understands now more than ever that football is just a game.

“After (the operation), when I lose the ball in the pitch, some people say ‘arggh!’," he said.

“Me, I’m quiet because I know it’s a game. When I was in hospital to give my bone I saw some people in not a good atmosphere. And I said, ‘if I lose the ball, it doesn’t matter, take risks’. That’s life.

“It helped me to be strong on the pitch.”