Based on his coaching performances, Jurgen Klopp has been recognised as The Best FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year. While accepting the honours on stage at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, the Liverpool manager announced his intention of donating 1% of his salary to Juan Mata’s Common Goal Charity Initiative.
In 2017, Spain and Manchester United midfielder Mata launched Common Goal with the intention of funding global organisations that use football as a tool for combating social issues. On Monday night in Milan, Klopp disclosed that he is a member of the charity organisation. The 52-year old Liverpool manager earns approximately £10 Million per year. One percent of the amount ends up being £100,000, which is indeed a respectable donation.
While speaking about his latest charitable interest, Klopp said, “While it is flattering to receive an individual award today, in football and in life, nothing is possible without teamwork. That is why I would like to celebrate this occasion by sharing that I am joining Common Goal and pledging 1% of my earnings to help change the world through football.”
He also expressed his confidence on the movement by saying that over the two years of Common Goal’s existence, the charity initiative has proven to be an effective and equally safe mechanism for footballers and managers to give back to the society through the sports they love.
Klopp went on to say that if everyone in a team donates 1% of their salary for a greater good, they can transform the world. According to Sky News, in May this year, the charity hit 100 members from across 34 countries around the world.
Klopp has been at the centre stage of attention since last season for many reasons. First, he almost snatched away the Premier League title but had to settle for the second position just because of a point’s deficit. Then, he helped Liverpool lift the UEFA Champions League trophy after 14 years. Now that he became the first Premier League manager to get associated with the Common Goal initiative, the global football fraternity is amazed.