Man Utd star Juan Mata’s Common Goal project has its 10th member

Man Utd star Juan Mata’s Common Goal project has its 10th member

Fenerbahce defender Hasan Ali Kaldırım has become the tenth footballer to join Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata‘s Common Goal project.

Mata launched Common Goal last month alongside streetfootballworld, an umbrella organisation representing 120 charities across 80 countries.

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Participants pledge to donate at least one per cent of their salary to the initiative which aims to tackle social issues ranging from gender equality in India to peace-building in Colombia and refugee integration in Germany.

Releasing a video on Twitter, Kaldırım said: “Hi everyone. I would just like to confirm I have become the first Turkish player to join the Common Goal movement.

“I’m proud to be joining this amazing team. Working together, football can make a huge and lasting impact all over the world.

“Join me in supporting the team that’s changing the game for good: Common Goal!”

Kaldırım joins the likes to Giorgio Chiellini, Mats Hummels, Serge Gnabry, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe in pledging one per cent of their salary to those less fortunate.

Hasan Ali Kaldırım created 26 chances for Fenerbahce last season

Signing for Fenerbahce from Kayserispor in 2012, wing-back Kaldırım has played 157 times for the Yellow Canaries.

Last season, the German-born Turkey international missed just five games in the Super Lig and was part of the Fenerbahce team to beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford – recording one assist.

Hasan Ali Kaldırım won 43% of his duels in the Turkish league last season