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“Football is a great sport that we all love,”

“But it means much more than that for so many people around the world. The idea was basically to bring professional footballers and society together for change, and for improving so many people’s lives.

“I am quite happy that this game will have its part to donate and hopefully very soon a lot of players, managers, journalists, everyone connected with football, can help with this project. Together we can make a real impact through football because it has the power to unite and inspire people.”

“It has had a passionate and honest reception, not just players but almost everyone around the football world. I had some personal messages on my phone and some on social media, but in the next weeks and months we will give more names to the project.

"I am quite happy because everyone understands the situation, the project and the aims. I feel everyone is looking forward to trying to help. So that is a very positive start.”