Team Frugal: Giving Back

Being frugal is about more than being stingy with your money. It means being prudent, smart and economical with your finances and career decisions. Every Tuesday, we share profiles of athletes that exemplify what it means to be A Frugal Athlete.

Using your platform for the greater good is what it’s all about at the end of the day. As a professional athlete you are more than an athlete, you are an influencer, inspiration, and role model to the fans that follow and support you. You may not want to be one like Charles Barkley famously said but once you are under the microscope what you say and do has a stronger impact than you might think.

For that reason we  wanted to highlight a couple soccer athletes that are doing great things giving back to charitable causes and their community, because professional athletes are role models. 

Mesut Ozil

BigShoe11 stands for 11 international football stars who will each cover the surgery costs for 11 poor needy children.

Kylian Mbappe

According to L'Equipe, Mbappe will be donating the entirety of his World Cup earnings to the Preiers de Cordees association, a charity that aims to organize sports activities for children with disabilities.


Toni Kroos

The Toni Kroos Foundation solely pursues charitable purposes and is aiming to offer support to children and young people with serious health problems as well as their families.


Juan Mata*

Juan Mata did not make the 2018 World Cup squad for Spain but is a previous World Cup winner and member (2010 and 2014)

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has called on footballers to join him in pledging 1% of their salaries to a Common Goal, a collective fund that supports football charities around the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo