Nigerian defender William Troost-Ekong pledges support for Juan Mata's Common Goal Charity

Nigerian defender William Troost-Ekong pledges support for Juan Mata's Common Goal Charity

- Bursaspor defender William Troost-Ekong joins Juan Mata's Common Goal Charity project

- The project will make all their subscribers donate one percent of their salaries to the charity

- The 24-year-old was the captain in Nigeria's international friendly match against Poland on Friday, March 23

Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong has become the 43rd member of Juan Mata Common Goal movement.

The Bursaspor central defender joined the Manchester United midfielder and a few other players who will donate one percent of their income to charity.

Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels and Giorgio Chiellini are also part of the project organized to raise money to support football-based charities around the world.

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However, over $650,000 has already been raised in the last six months since Mata became the first professional footballer to pledge.

The 24-year-old was the stand in captain for Nigeria in their international friendly encounter against Poland on Friday, March 23 at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw.

Meanwhile, he is expected to make Gernot Rohr’s 23-man squad for the FIFA 2018 World Cup staging in Russia this summer.

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"Winning the bronze medal for Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics and qualifying for the World Cup were both massive moments for me," he said.

"However I'm hoping to outdo both of those this summer at the World Cup.

"I'm aware that I'm a role model for children and football fans, and having traveled the world I've seen the impact that we have in people's lives.

"It's our responsibility, as players, to use that in a positive way."

William Troost-Ekong joined the Turkish Super Lig side in 2017 from Belgian topflight side Gent.

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