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Shinji Kagawa becomes first Asian player to join Common Goal

Kagawa becomes first Asian player to join Common Goal

26/10/2017 at 11:14Updated 26/10/2017 at 12:19

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa has become the first Asian player to join Common Goal, the initiative run by his former Manchester United team-mate Juan Mata.

Mata set up Common Goal in August to encourage professional football players and coaches to donate at least 1% of their wage to football related charities.

"I'm really excited to announce to you today that I've joined Juan Mata on the Common Goal team," said Kagawa.

"Football has given me so many opportunities in life and now I want to play my role in supporting others through the game.

"Common Goal is quickly growing around the world and I'm proud to help lead the movement forward in Japan."

Mata added: "I know first-hand that Shinji is a special footballer and a brilliant person. It's a great pleasure for me to welcome him to the team today."

Kagawa takes the number of people signed up to Common Goal to 19 with Mats Hummels, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Giorgio Chiellini, Serge Gnabry, Dennis Aogo, Alex Brosque, Hasan Ali Kaldirim, Charlie Daniels, Alfie Mawson, Olga Garcia, Jean Sseninde, Nicole Regnier, Heather O’Reilly, Vero Boquete, Pauline Bremer and coach Julian Nagelsmann.