- Hector Bellerin is now the 2nd highest shareholder with League Two side Forest Green Rovers
- The 25-year-old has invested in the tree planting program making him a large stakeholder
- The Spanish defender raised money to plant thousands of trees in the Amazon forest
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Hector Bellerin has become the second-largest shareholder with League Two side Forest Green Rovers in an unusual circumstance.
The Arsenal defender announced that he has taken a minority holding in the club in order to help develop their environmental and ethical innovations.
Green Rovers became the world's first carbon-neutral sports club in 2017 after fully becoming vegan and are recognized by FIFA and the United Nations as the world's greenest football club.
The Spanish international recently made a pledge to plant 3,000 trees for every win his club records during 'Project Restart'.
The 25-year-old said: "I was really excited when I first discovered the opportunity to get involved at Forest Green Rovers - and the brilliant work the club is already doing. It's important that I invest in things I am passionate about - and I'm excited to help push football into having a sustainable future.
"Rovers prove to clubs who say 'they don't have resources to be sustainable' - that it is possible. With the new stadium, being carbon neutral and vegan. People have a universal love of football, so there's no better industry to promote sustainability.
"I became a vegan around three years ago and at first, I just wanted to try it and detox my body. Initially, I thought I'd eat meat as a 'treat' - but, being vegan just worked for me. After a month of being vegan, I felt stronger - and I didn't struggle with ankle injuries anymore. I began to feel more energetic on the pitch - and I began to notice a real difference."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is a fulfilled man after revealing his tree-planting drive had yielded 50,000 trees thanks to help from fans.
What initially started as an overambitious attempt to save the environment by Bellerin two months ago, is now a reality as he makes an effort to plant trees that are bearing fruit, quite literally.
Bellerin, an environment enthusiast, partnered with the global charity One Tree Planted for a tree-planting mission between the season restart in June and the end of the 2019/2020 campaign.
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