Giorgio Chiellini is the latest star name to join Juan Mata’s Common Goal project.
The Juventus hero confirmed that he was dedicating 1% of his salary to the charity project in a brilliant email that has been published by Rob Dawson of ESPN. He contacted the project through an email address on their newsletter.
At first, the communications team thought it might have been a hoax. After all, it begins with “Hello. I’m Giorgio Chiellini, player of Juventus.” Few would expect a world-class footballer to contact them personally like this.
Clearly, Chiellini isn’t your typical footballer. He continued: “I’m interested to support your program and I would like to give my congratulations to Juan Mata for finding the time and having the idea to support through football people less lucky than us. I’m not interested in advertising, I want only to support a brilliant project.
“Sorry for my English. I try to make the best as possible!”
“I wait for your answer about complete the registration. Bye, Giorgio.”
Chiellini confirmed that it really was him who sent the email by making a video.
— Vines Foot (@vinesfoot) September 29, 2017
The Italian defender is reportedly earning £62,000-a-week at Juventus. That means he will end up donating more than £32,000 of his annual salary to charity. He became the fifth player to be announced following Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels and USA Women’s National Team World Cup winners Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.
Mata launched the project last month and urged his fellow professionals to give something back.