The power of football’s goalkeeping fraternity should never be underestimated.
Socceroos and Brighton keeper Mat Ryan has rammed home the point in a stunning show of support for Australia’s bushfire victims.
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With fires devastating communities back in his homeland, Ryan has become one of the latest sporting star's to make a stunning fundraising pledge for the bushfire relief.
With tennis stars donating money per ace or per double fault in some cases, and cricketers pledging money for every six they hit, the Socceroos shot-stopper has jumped on board with a plan that's even more commendable.
Ryan has announced he'll donate $500 to a bushfires emergency fund for every registered save by an English Premier League goalkeeper this weekend.
That's each and every one of the saves made by 20 goalkeepers across the 10 matches in the English top flight this weekend.
The Aussie’s pledge could easily surpass $50,000 with just 10 saves per match on average.
Ryan's incredibly generous initiative was praised on social media, with many fans praying for a round full of goalless draws.
I’ll be donating $500 for every registered save by all @premierleague goalkeepers this weekend.
Please visit any of the sites below if you’re able to contribute. Thank you 🙏🏼 https://t.co/ALkFfMdOL8https://t.co/XhnSbJMHX0https://t.co/cOYyfGOZMVhttps://t.co/3aUufmplV7 pic.twitter.com/07QarFLEBJ
— Maty Ryan (@MatyRyan) January 9, 2020
What a legend. Hope a few more PL footballers follow suit in some way or another.
— Hinch (@stephenhinchy) January 9, 2020
Class act 👏
— Sam (@bhafcsxm) January 9, 2020
You're a bloody legend
— Charles Gnekk 🇲🇨🇪🇺 (@LeMonegasque69) January 9, 2020
Looking for 10 0-0 draws this weekend then
— James Kinniburgh (@jamesKinniburg3) January 9, 2020
Not often as a football fan you're going into the weekend hoping every game is 0-0
— Jake Horsfield (@JakeHorsfield) January 9, 2020
Fantastic gesture - well done Maty! 👏🏻
— Sarah (@SarahJP26) January 9, 2020
Good on you Maty. A true champion.
— Jim Peios (@JimPeios) January 9, 2020
Top lad. You’re a blessing. 💛💛
— James Fahy (@justjamesfahy) January 9, 2020
ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING HUMANITY!
— Riley Sohier (@RileySohier) January 9, 2020
The Australian international goalkeeper, who will be in action for Brighton against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) will donate the funds he raises to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation emergency fund.
"In light of the devastation caused by the bushfires back home, I'm donating 500 Australian dollars for every registered by all Premier League goalkeepers across every Premier League fixture this weekend," Ryan wrote on Twitter.
"I've chosen to donate to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation emergency fund.
"Thank you to all for your support thus far and as a nation we really do appreciate your gratitude and generosity. However, there continues to be homes lost, lives of both people and animals lost or in danger, along with whole communities, businesses and more.
"I hope we can continue in the same manner and continue to encourage and influence people into raising money for those affected.
"Fingers crossed relief is on the way."
Ryan’s pledge comes after cricket great Shane Warne raised more than $1 million by auctioning off his famous baggy green cap.
Late bids saw the auction top the $1 million mark before the baggy green finally sold for an eye-watering $1,007,500 at 10am on Friday morning (AEDT), smashing the $425,000 that Sir Don Bradman’s baggy green once sold for.
When bidding closed the famous cap was sold to 'M.C. from Sydney', according to the auction house's website.
Fellow cricket great Jeff Thomson has also put his baggy green cap up for grabs, while Nick Kyrgios sparked a wave of fundraising from within the tennis community.
Sporting community rallies in support of bushfire victims
Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley announced on Wednesday that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Kyrgios will headline a charity exhibition event called Rally for Relief on Rod Laver Arena.
Australian Open tournament organiser Tiley also told reporters that Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniaki and Stefanos Tsitsipas will also take part in the event to be held on the evening of January 15.
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg announced the opening week of the 2020 season will be a dedicated Bushfire Appeal Round to raise money for those affected.
The NRL's plan will form part of a whole-of-game approach with the Queensland Rugby League , NSW Rugby League and the Rugby League Players Association working to devise a plan to maximise fundraising.
An AFL State of Origin match will also be held in February to raise proceeds for bushfire victims, with the AFL also chipping in $2.5 million towards the relief.