Gnabry becomes sixth player to pledge to Common Goal charity project
German international Serge Gnabry has today signed up to the Common Goal charity project initiated by Juan Mata.
Former Arsenal man Gnabry, who is now playing for Hoffenheim on loan from Bayern Munich, has become the sixth player to join Manchester United star Juan Mata’s charity and he will donate 1% of his wage to Common Goal, a collective fund to help football-based charities around the globe.
The other footballers who have already joined the charity are – Bayern defender Mats Hummels, Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, United States women’s internationals Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.
Gnabry said : “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.
“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.
“I’m proud of my Ivorian roots and know how much football means to the people over there. The thought of using the game as a tool to create social change across the country is something that really inspires me.”
The 22-year-old winger has become the youngest footballer to join the Common Goal charity.
Chiellini 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.”
Mata added : “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.”
Gnabry also confirmed that he will play for Bayern Munich next season and his desire to return to the Premier League in future.