Amid all the money and fame that comes with playing football at the highest level, sometimes as a fan you forget to appreciate the kind gestures and good deeds that certain footballers do.
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been a huge proponent of helping children get life-changing surgeries with his charity work, and it appears Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is also cut from the same cloth.
The Dutchman took to Instagram to reveal the opening of ‘Cruyff Court Georginio Wijnaldum’ in his childhood neighbourhood of Schiemond, Rotterdam.
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Very honoured to officially open the ‘Cruyff Court Georginio Wijnaldum’ in my childhood neighborhood Schiemond in #Rotterdam. ?? Thanks for anyone who joined me today during the official opening. Let’s all make sure this court will be a safe place to get together and where children get to know the importance of togetherness, making friends, discovering their own talents, and winning and losing. These are valuable experiences that they carry with them as they develop physically and mentally, and as they move into society! This is how Johan Cruyff envisioned the Cruyff Courts. So let’s carry on his legacy! ❤️ #cruyff #cruyfflegacy
The facility will allow children to play football in a safe environment, with the Dutchman hoping that they can learn “valuable experiences” whilst they’re there.
After hearing the news, Reds legend Ian Rush replied to the midfielder’s post and sent him his love and support for the project.
Aside from his excellent work off the pitch, Wijnaldum also enjoyed an impressive campaign on it, and was one of the heroes of the Anfield side’s incredible Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona.
The 28-year-old struck the back of the net five times across all competitions, and will be hoping to add more goals and assists to his tally when Liverpool return to competitive action later this summer.