Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has joined the long list of professional footballers to join Common Goal – an organisation designed to battle social injustice across the world.
Created in 2017, Common Goal encourages players, managers, officials and clubs to donate a minimum of 1% of their wages to a collective fund which uses football to help empower young ang vulnerable children around the world.
Dybala has now become the 159th professional to join the cause, pledging to donate at least 1% of his wages, and he will lead an initiative which intends to educate and support young children and eradicate violence, racism and discrimination.
“Winning the Scudetto for the fifth time consecutively is an amazing team achievement, and I wanted to make sure this success on the pitch is in harmony with my ambition as a person,” Dybala said. “This is not about me – in fact it’s quite the opposite – this is about working together to tackle the challenges we face.
“I am committed to playing my part in helping to eradicate discrimination, and education is the key. What better time to celebrate the platform that we enjoy as players, than when we enjoy success on the pitch?
“Common Goal is the most simple and effective platform that enables me to maximise my ambitions in terms of social impact, while still being able to focus on my football career, and the other philanthropic activities which are close to my heart.”
Manchester United’s Juan Mata, who was the first player to join the organisation in August 2017, added: “Paulo is one of the most talented and valuable players on the planet and is an incredible addition to Common Goal.
“The fact that he is using winning the league title with Juventus to make a powerful statement on what success means to him as a person, is very inspiring. Paulo understands that football has a unique power to transform the world and we all need to work together to unleash its full potential.”
Common Goal, which has also received support from the likes of Jürgen Klopp, Eric Cantona and Megan Rapinoe, has so far raised over €2m for their cause and hope to unlock 1% of the wealth of the football industry, which is believed to stand at close to €50bn.
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