Hoffenheim loanee and Germany U21 international Serge Gnabry has become the second Bundesliga player to pledge one per cent of his wages to charity, joining Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels.
“I want to change the game, for good,” said Gnabry, who is currently on loan at Hoffenheim from parent club Bayern, in a video posted on his Twitter account.
“One per cent. It’s not a big figure, but it can make a huge impact if we commit to it as a team. I want to make giving back part of football and help football feel good about itself again. That’s why I have joined Common Goal.”
Manchester United’s Juan Mata and Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini have also joined the Common Goal cause, and the Italian international defender thanked Gnabry for joining the cause, with hopes that a starting XI of eleven players who donate one per cent of their wages.
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Gnabry’s Common Goal contribution will be pooled into a collective fund managed by Berlin-based non-governmental organisation streetfootballworld.
"What we have here is two star players from different leagues and different countries joining forces in the name of social change," said streetfootballworld CEO Jürgen Griesbeck. "It's an unlikely alliance that highlights the appeal and potential of what we're doing."