Wednesday, 30 September 2020 14:05

Michael Essien pledges to donate 1% of his salary to Charitable movement 'Common Goal' Featured

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Former Ghana midfielder Michael Essien is the latest player to join the charitable movement by streetfootballworld for the football industry, that was launched in 2017 with the support of Spanish footballer, Juan Mata.


Essien says he is “proud to push for change and be part of this family” as he becomes the latest addition to the Common Goal movement.

Upon his arrival as the newest member of the coaching staff at FC Nordsjælland, the two-time English Premier League winner has committed to following his new club’s socially-driven philosophy – putting his name alongside many current players and coaches by pledging 1% of his salary to help drive social change.
The former Black Star, Lyon, Real Madrid, and Chelsea player had recently spent time at the club as he pursues a career in coaching.
Following his recent visit, Essien has accepted to become part of the club’s coaching staff in the upcoming 2020/21 season, with the title of Player Coach, working under the guidance of Head Coach Flemming Pedersen.
“I am delighted to have joined [the] coaching staff at FC Nordsjælland as part of my development towards my full coaching licence," said Essien via social media after announcing his new role at the Danish side.
“I will also be assisting the players on and off the pitch as part of my role.”
In 2018, FC Nordsjælland became the first full football club to sign up to Common Goal, football’s growing social impact collective, and are something of an anomaly in the world of football.
The Danish club is owned by the Right to Dream Academy in Essien’s home country of Ghana, helping forge a safe route for African layers to flourish.
While the club seeks to develop young players, its ethos gives equal weight to character development and helping create socially conscious individuals.
At Common Goal, Essien joins former teammate Juan Mata, with whom he won the Champions League with Chelsea.
And the Manchester United player is thrilled to once again be working alongside his ex-colleague and long-time friend in the quest for creating a better world through football.
“[I am] happy to welcome Michael Essien to the Common Goal family. We have shared great victories and friendship for many years,” said Mata.
“Now we also share a vision for the future of football.”
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