Dani Olmo has been a member of Common Goal since 2020 and faced his team RB Leipzig in the Champions League quarter-finals in August of the same year. By contributing 1% of his salary, the Spanish footballer supports an association of intercultural projects in Croatia that aims to restore stability to communities after conflict. He talked about this and other topics in the documentary Come On Fútbol, a DAZN production in collaboration with Common Goal.
During the documentary, the footballer explains how he lives his job, which for him goes beyond wearing shorts and competing on the field: “Football can help in many ways. He has a big impact and we, as.” Footballer: “Ultimately, we are very influential, even if sometimes we don’t see it or think about it.” In this sense, he considers it his duty. Take on a little responsibility, with just a little you can help a lot of people and that’s what I wanted to do in Croatia“, a country that welcomed him when he left Barça and where everything he experienced had a great influence on him.
“One of the things that shaped me the most was meeting people who had been in the war, who had experienced it first hand. “The encounter with former footballers who came to us, visited us and who were influenced by the war,” he says. while I remember that “some of them were missing a leg or an arm, I’m talking about club legends.” And “when you leave Barça, not everything is rosy and in Croatia I understood that.” There I became a man in every sense, both on and off the field.“.
His time in Croatia was so constructive that the Balkan team offered to expedite the procedures to nationalize him and sign him for the World Cup in Russia: “I played there and wasn’t called up for Spain…” That year I was the best player in the league… “But I always told them: No, I am very grateful, but my dream is to play for Spain.”