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By Chineze Ogugua

UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin has endorsed Juan Mata’s Common Goal project and has pledged to donate one percent of his salary to charity.

Aleksander Ceferin

Manchester United midfielder Mata became the first player to donate a portion of his wage to support football projects around the world in August and has since seen a host of other professional players like Mats Hummels, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, as well as Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann join him in the project.

According to Ceferin: “I firmly believe that football has the power to change the world and I was inspired by Juan Mata to join the Common Goal movement.”

“It’s great to see a player leading this movement because footballers have benefitted greatly from football and this way they can give something back.”

“I call upon everyone in the football family — players, coaches, clubs and leagues — to show they care about social responsibility and donate to causes that they believe in.”

Ceferin now becomes the 31st member of the football industry to sign up and the first football leader to do so.

Kudos Mata!

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