Granit Xhaka has chosen to wear pink boots for his next game to help raise breast cancer awareness.
Xhaka joins 29 other high-profile players to wear the boots for the cause, and posted a message on Instagram to let fans know why he’s doing so. In the message, Xhaka explained: “Breast cancer is a horrible disease that affects entire families. Not just women – but children, husbands, mothers and fathers back home.
“It takes enormous strength and courage to go to battle with such enemy every day of your life without losing hope. I’ll therefore proudly wear their fighting spirit on my boots.”
It’s always good to see professional footballers using their status in society to try and help a good cause they feel passionately about.
Granit may have had a slow start to the season but he’s not hiding away from the spotlight when he has the chance to do something positive.
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Breast cancer is a horrible disease that affects entire families. Not just women – but children, husbands, mothers and fathers back home. It takes enormous strength and courage to go to battle with such enemy every day of your life without losing hope. I'll therefore proudly wear their fighting spirit on my boots. @underarmourdach Brustkrebs ist eine schreckliche Krankheit, die ganze Familien trifft. Nicht nur Frauen, sondern Kinder, Ehepartner, Mütter und Väter zu Hause. Es braucht sehr viel Kraft und Mut, sich jeden Tag dem Kampf mit einem solchen Feind zu stellen, ohne die Hoffnung zu verlieren. Ich bin darum sehr stolz darauf, diesen Kampfgeist symbolisch auf meinen Fussball-Schuhen zu tragen. @underarmourdach
The next opportunity for the Arsenal midfielder to wear the boots is in Switzerland’s World Cup qualifier against Hungry on Saturday.
Switzerland are on the brink of World Cup qualification, and could all but secure their trip to Russia with a win on the night. Therefore, the match represents a perfect high-profile opportunity to advertise the campaign.
Hopefully, it can make a difference in the fight against what is a deadly disease that affects so many people across the world, and one of the most common types of cancer.
There’s always more that super-rich footballers can do to help of course, but this is a good first step.