Juan Mata's Common Goal charity celebrates one year anniversary
- Common Goal asks its members to donate 1% of their income to global humanitarian projects
- More than 94 players and coaches have followed Mata's example
- This summer, Danish side FC Nordsjaelland became the first club to pledge with one per cent of their gate receipts from their Europa League qualifier with AIK going to charity
Giorgio Chiellini, Mats Hummels, Alex Morgan and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin have joined Common Goal alongside FC Nordsjaelland's chairman Tom Vernon the former Manchester United scout and founder of Africa's top football Right To Dream academy in Ghana.
"We believe that it is a club's responsibility to offer a holistic education to players and Common Goal is the best tool available," said Vernon. "It's vital that players are made aware of the world around them and the potential they have to unleash football's power for good."
Football brings people together, on the pitch, in the stands and all over the world. That’s why #CommonGoal support organisation @BalonMundial uses football as a tool to promote social inclusion, and tackle inequality. #football4good ⚽️❤️? pic.twitter.com/bOYRVcR8Yo— Common Goal (@CommonGoalOrg) August 2, 2018
Common Goal CEO Jurgen Griesbeck added: "We are really gathering impetus now, Common Goal has moved from an idea to something the football industry understands is possible.
"There is still a long way to go, but we are showing that football has the power to contribute significantly to achieving the UN Global Goals and tackling some of the most pressing challenges of our times.
"Just like in football, we need to perform as a team. We firmly believe that together, as a global football community, we can. And if we can, we have to."