Sakho, 25, grew up in Senegal and could never afford to by proper football gear so he and his friends simply used whatever was available to them.
Now he has made it as a professional footballer in the world's most popular league, the former Metz forward says he often gives back to the areas of his homeland that do not have the luxuries he now experiences.
"When I was growing up we used to make a ball out of socks, rolling them up together and playing with that," he said. "It was great. We were just happy to play.
"Now, whenever I go back to Senegal, I enjoy giving people footballs and boots, and also donating kits to local clubs."