Speaking about his investment with Forest Green Rovers this week, Hector Bellerin recalled a conversation he had with Bukayo Saka at Arsenal.
Bellerin invested in Forest Green Rovers this week, to help support their environmental innovations. FIFA have recognised the club as “the greenest football club in the world”, and they’re a carbon-neutral club too.
The Arsenal right-back told The Athletic he wanted to “help bring awareness to what they’re doing – helping marketing, helping PR, and helping create a network”.
Bellerin isn’t just helping to raise awareness with the public, though. He’s also talking to Arsenal players within the club about his causes.
“I remember Bukayo Saka asked me, ‘Why are you doing the tree stuff?'” Bellerin recalled.
“It was such an innocent question in a way, but I was like, ‘There’s this deforestation stuff going on, and people over there don’t have much money, so if we can plant trees we’re helping two problems at the same time: the people that are there can work and can earn a fair living, and we’re also we’re helping the Amazon to reforest’.
“And he was like, ‘Oh right…well, how can I donate?’. Younger people are seeing that we are not only footballers anymore. We’re all people, we’re all human, we all have a right to give an opinion.”
You definitely get the impression Saka is one of the more conscientious young players at Arsenal.
He’s obviously a smart person, achieving excellent academic results. Plus, as per Bellerin’s anecdote, he’s willing to ask questions about the things he’s not so knowledgeable about. Rather like Bellerin himself.
Hopefully, that will help him achieve his life goals on and off the pitch.