Proof if proof were needed that Vincent Kompany is a solid citizen, the Man City captain has vowed to funnel all proceeds from his testimonial match toward helping the homeless people of Manchester.
The 32-year-old Belgian defender is currently into his 10th year at City and, as such, will be afforded a special testimonial game at the Etihad next August.
All money raised by said game will be donated to the Homelessness Fund via Tackle4MCR, the initiative Kompany set up with the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham to bring about social change in the city.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the City skipper said:
I’ve received much from Manchester. Over the past decade I’ve been lucky to have witnessed and played a part in Manchester City’s rise as a club and a brand. This has also run parallel alongside the rise of a whole region.
However, with this spectacular rise, comes a very visible downside: more and more people are left out of and have no access to the benefits of the rapid development, often leaving them no choice but to end up on the streets.
What inspired me so much about this region, about this city, is the positivity of the people that live in it.
As this city is so powerful compared to so many other cities I have visited in the past, I think we have a responsibility to take everyone along with us on that journey.
Tackle4MCR hopes to make homelessness a thing of the past in Manchester by 2020, with Mayor Burnham donating 15% of his salary to the fund which is aiming to find a bed for every rough sleeper this coming winter.
Fantastic stuff. Every team has a captain, some even have true leaders, but City have something more than that – somebody far more inspirational.