Sydney FC skipper joins World Cup winners for charity

Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque has joined football superstars like Manchester United’s Juan Mata and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels as the eighth footballer worldwide to link with Common Goal and donate part of his salary to charity.

Brosque is the first Australian footballer and first from the Asian region to join the growing movement that has professional players pledging to donate at least 1% of their salaries to high-impact football charities.

It was an initiative first started by Spanish World Cup winner Mata in August by making the pledge himself and challenging his peers to do likewise.

“I’ve always felt that, as footballers, we have quite a unique capacity to drive positive change,” Brosque said.

“Football is far and away the most popular sport on the planet and collectively our actions have the potential to set an example for many others to follow.

“What drew me to Common Goal was the idea of uniting different players from all over the world behind a shared commitment to give back.

“It’s not hard to see how this could really take off and inspire a new culture of giving not only from footballers but also the broader football community.”

Alex Brosque is confident of being fit for Sydney FC's Hyundai A-League season opener.
Brosque is the first Australian footballer to donate at least 1% of their salaries to high-impact football charities.

And Brosque’s pledge has drawn praise from the Red Devils EPL star.

“For more than a decade, Alex has led by example both on and off the pitch,” Mata said of Brosque.

“He’s an excellent addition to the team and we couldn’t have hoped for a better player to bring Common Goal down under for the first time.”

Brosque has served as an ambassador for Sydney FC’s Charitable Partner Football United since 2009.

His donations will support Football United, which uses the game to empower young people in diverse communities across Australia and Myanmar.

Other players to have joined the initiative include United States women’s World Cup winners Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, as well as Italy and Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini.