Juan Mata has issued his thanks to Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss announced that he was joining the Manchester United midfielder’s Common Goal movement
The idea is that people involved in the football community will donate 1% of their earnings to help fight social issues around the world.
Klopp confirmed that he was to join Mata’s movement during his speech after being announced as FIFA’s best men’s manager of the year – something which the Spaniard appreciated.
“I want to take the opportunity with this post to publicly thank Jurgen Klopp for joining Common Goal and the way in which he did it, in front of the whole footballing world,” Mata said in his blog.
“Obviously we are big rivals out on the pitch, but this movement doesn’t look at rivalries as off the pitch we are united by the same objective.”
It’s a given, but it’s nice to see bitter rivals being able to put their differences aside to unite in an attempt to fight issues around the world.
Klopp joins the likes of Mats Hummels, Giorgio Chiellini, Shinji Kagawa and Kasper Schmeichel by pledging 1% of his wages to the movement.
FC Nordsjælland are probably the most notable club to sign up for the initiative, but I’d like to imagine that more will follow suit of the Danish giants.
Hopefully Klopp’s pledge will encourage other high-profile managers to do the same thing.