Not only has Leon Goretzka found the form of his life on the pitch for Bayern Munich this year, but he’s also made immense contributions off the pitch. Together with teammate Joshua Kimmich, the German international started the WeKickCorona campaign during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, which helped raise money for charitable and social institutions that have been gravely effected by the pandemic. Goretzka is also involved in other charities and does his part to give back to communities that are less fortunate as well as campaigns against racism.
For recognition of his achievements both on and off the pitch, Goretzka has been named in GQ’s list of “Men of the Year” for 2020 (via AZ). This is an honor that the midfielder entirely deserves. In his virtual acceptance speech, Goretzka said “I feel that giving something back in this difficult time is a great privilege and a responsibility at the same time. We all show responsibility in these months by wearing a mask, by protecting not only ourselves, but also others from Corona. But our responsibility does not end when we Take off your mask again. We also have to take responsibility for issues such as racism, sexism, integration and inclusion.”
Other recipients of the honor for 2020 included famous designer Jean Paul Gaultier, Hollywood star Zachary Quinto, and German actor Jannis Niewöhner.
From a footballing perspective, as Bayern and Die Mannschaft fans, we’ve been spoiled by Goretzka’s surge in form since Hansi Flick took charge. He has been an absolutely integral part of Bayern and Germany’s midfield and his work rate is relentless.
His 8 goals and 11 assists last season perhaps don’t do his performances full justice, because he is part of what makes Bayern’s midfield tick the way it does alongside Joshua Kimmich in the double pivot that Hansi Flick most often deploys. He’s already found the back of the net four times this season across all competitions and that’s likely to continue with the way he’s performing.