Veteran striker Vedad Ibisevic has pledged to donate his salary to charity after signing a one-year deal at Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina forward joins Schalke for free having scored 127 goals in 340 Bundesliga appearances for Hertha, Hoffenheim, Stuttgart and Aachen.
Ibisevic has confirmed he will waive a basic salary and donate the bulk of his earnings to charity.
“I’m not here to earn money, but to play in the Bundesliga,” Ibisevic told Schalke’s website.
“So we agreed that I won’t get a basic salary, only what I need to cover insurance. My basic salary will be donated to charity. I will only play for bonuses.”
Ibisevic has a history of giving back. In 2016, he donated €50,000 to various projects designed to help the integration of refugees in Germany.
He was released by Hertha at the end of last season and joins a Schalke side that is in financial trouble following the resignation of former billionaire chairman Clemens Toennies in June.
By Ofhani Munyai