Off the pitch, Leon Goretzka, Bayern Munich and Germany’s star midfielder, has been a leading voice in numerous social causes as well as COVID relief. He has spoken out against racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany-AfD) Germany’s far-right political party.
Off the Pitch will feature articles on player work outside of the game. There are numerous footballers doing extremely important work in society; their work deserves recognition. Unfortunately, the world we live in can be harsh and cruel. The athletes featured in this series have taken the fame that comes with their career, and used it to try and improve our world.