You may have heard of it, you may not, but one thing looks certain, soon it’s going to be big enough for everyone involved with football to take notice.
Juan Mata was the first professional footballer to respond to Jurgen Griesbeck’s call to join his ‘Common Goal’ cause, in which all players involved pledge a minimum of 1% of their wages to a fund, which subsequently allocates that money to football-related projects worldwide, wherever needed.
More players followed, Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, both members of the US national team of women, while just a few days ago it was Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini who got onboard. Today, it was Serge Gnabry’s turn, second German, and youngest member of the ‘squad’ so far.
I’m still in the early stages of what I hope will be a long career. When I look back on my footballing journey in years to come, I want to be able to say that I left a positive mark both on and off the pitch
the Hoffenheim player (on loan from Bayern) said, announcing his participation in the project.
My pledge may not change the world by itself. But by coming together behind a shared mission I think players can make a real difference. I want to help make Common Goal part of football. I want to help football feel good about itself again
the Germany international also said.
I want to congratulate Serge for connecting his career to social responsibility at this young age. He is a great player and he’s setting a fantastic example for other footballers to follow
was Chiellini’s reaction to the Gnabry news, while Common Goal pioneer Mata also welcomed the sixth member of the ‘team’, saying
we welcome Serge to Common Goal, where he now stands alongside Mats Hummels as the second German member of the team. I hope that players from other European countries are inspired to join us, as we continue to build a diverse and unique Common Goal team.
According to Jurgen Griesbeck, the man who tempted Mata to lead the way in this project, a total of 13 players have already joined the ‘team’, nine males and four females, so more announcements are expected, probably every second day, so as to attract as much publicity as possible.