RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has praised Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka for their ‘We Kick Corona’ initiative which has seen the Bayern Munich stars raise more than €5 million.
‘We Kick Corona’ was organised to support charities, groups, and organizations, who struggled financially due to the closures and restrictions that have occurred during the pandemic that struck last year.
And Nagelsmann admitted he would like to see more footballers take on similar responsibilities in the future.
In an interview with TZ and Munchner Merkur, Nagelsmann said: “There were a lot of good campaigns. But I also believe that many footballers or athletes get involved without appearing in public – because not everyone wants or has to talk about it.
“Nevertheless, at a certain point it is also important to make things public. Just like Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka did with We kick Corona.”
According to Nagelsmann, football players have the ability to reach a wider audience due to their social reach and popularity He added: “It’s about creating awareness and encouraging other people to take part in such activities. That was the right sign.”
Kimmich and Goretzka were named German Football Ambassadors for 2020 last year. An official statement read: “The two Bayern players have therefore sent out a strong message of social responsibility and have been honoured by numerous sources for their commitment.
“Just a few weeks ago, they received the “Special Award for Exemplary Commitment to Overcoming the Coronavirus Pandemic” as part of the 2020 Bavarian Sports Awards.”
Kimmich was elated to be acknowledged for his charitable effort, but insisted that this will be a continued effort.
He said: “It’s special to be rewarded for something that isn’t directly related to football and one’s own performance.
“We’re happy and grateful that we, on behalf of all those who have joined and entrusted us with their work, can continue providing help with #WeKickCorona even in this difficult period.”