Off The Pitch: Hummels Joins Mata’s Wage Donation Pledge

Germany’s World Cup winner Mats Hummels is the first player to join Manchester United’s Juan Mata in pledging to donate 1% of his wages to charity.

Mata called for high profile players to sign up to the cause in the same week Neymar signed for Paris St-Germain for a world record £200m (222m euro).

Bayern Munich’s Hummels said: “This is a chance for football to improve our world, and I wanted to be part of it.”

Mata is raising money for Common Goal, run by the organisation streetfootballworld, after being shocked by the poverty he saw on a visit to Mumbai, India.

The 29-year-old Spaniard is aiming to create a ‘Common Goal starting XI’, made up of 11 players who each donate 1% of their wage to the charity and he said Hummels was the “perfect team-mate”.

“He really gets what we’re trying to achieve. The fact that a World Cup holder – at the peak of his career with one of the biggest clubs on the planet – has chosen to make the pledge shows the power and magic of what we’re doing.”

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