Jurgen Klopp has joined the Common Goal Initative, pledging 1 percent of his salary to disadvantaged youth around the world.
Klopp made the announcement after winning the top honor for men’s manager at FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony on Monday.
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He joins Megan Rapinoe, who was honored as FIFA’s top women’s player, and a host of others including USWNT star Alex Morgan, RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann, and San Jose striker Chris Wondlowski.
“As a team, even with a minimum pledge of just 1%, together the football industry is capable of transforming the world,” Klopp said. “Now is the time for those interested to take a step forward.”
Generous move from a classy man.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata launched the Common Goal Initiative in 2017, describing why in a Players’ Tribune post.
Philadelphia Union attacker David Accam — it still feels weird to type those words — became the first African player to join Juan Mata‘s Common Goal project, according to Sky Sports.
Accam, 27, came out of the Right to Dream Academy to become a goal scoring machine for Ostersunds, Helsingborg, and then Chicago Fire.
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Now with Philadelphia and comfortable with his salary, Accam has joined Mata’s pledge to donate 1 percent of his salary. And since Common Goal allows him to stipulate where the money goes, the Ghanaian is sending it back to his home continent.
Accam says he helped build a pitch in Kumasi, Ghana, this summer, and that he hopes improving his homeland’s football goals with leads to loftier life goals for young talents in Africa. From Sky Sports:
“It is just about helping the kids to become whatever they want to be in the future. If that’s the next David Accam then that’s perfect. But if it is the next George Weah and we can help a kid who wants to become president then even better. Maybe we can help the next Kofi Annan too. It is about giving young people that opportunity.”
Accam joins Chris Wondolowski as MLS players contributing to Common Goal.