Believe you can change the world, says Dutch football legend Clarence Seedorf during Expo 2020 visit

Believe you can change the world, says Dutch football legend Clarence Seedorf during Expo 2020 visit

DUBAI, 17 November 2021Dutch football legend Clarence Seedorf –­ now an entrepreneur, business consultant and UEFA Global Ambassador for Diversity and Change – told an audience at Expo 2020 Dubai today (17 November) that everyone should believe they can change the world.

Speaking during ‘The Power of Football and Education’, as part of the RewirEd Talks series at the Dubai Cares Pavilion, Clarence Seedorf said: “It’s all about making an impact, working towards making the world a better place. Have a purpose in life. Once you know your purpose, everything changes. I do it by using the power of football.”

Touching on various football-related topics, including the need for preparing footballers for life after the game and the training of youngsters in new soccer techniques, Seedorf said it is the responsibility of every player to give back to society.

Seedorf, who was ambassador of Expo 2015 Milan, lauded the success of Expo 2020 Dubai: “This city continues to show the world its resilience, vision and capacity to execute this beautiful Expo … I share a commitment with Dubai Cares to leave a legacy in Dubai and UAE, as Dubai Cares believes in the power of education and sport.”

Seedorf is one of the footballers enlisted by Dubai Cares to use the power of football and education to empower youth and communities, as part of a long-term strategic partnership with the UK-headquartered Football for Peace, a global foundation raises awareness of pressing social and environmental issues.

HE Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO and Vice Chairman, Dubai Cares, said: “With an estimated following of 3.5 billion, football is everyone’s game. It’s the number one sport in the world. It brings people together. Through our association with Football for Peace, we aim to leverage the power of football to tell the world how important education is.”

Zahara Malik, GCC Co-Chair, Football for Peace, said: “It was here in Dubai under the patronage of [His Highness] Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum [Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai] that Football for Peace launched its global endeavors. Adopting the values and vision of His Highness, Football for Peace has delivered projects impacting thousands of people globally. So we are extremely excited to return here and partner with Dubai Cares to join hands and impact many more in need.”

Seedorf is the only player to have won the UEFA Champions League with three different clubs, during a professional playing career that stretched more than 20 years, and moved into management in 2014.

Beyond football, Seedorf was named by Nelson Mandela as a Legacy Champion to spread his message worldwide, is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle and education through sports for children, and also launched an academy in Dubai that blends football with martial arts.