Franz Beckenbauer never solely relied on this talent. His elegant play appeared effortless but it was also the result of hard work. Skills alone, without any effort, do not take you onto the path to success. Neither on the football ground nor in real life. A great talent helps, of course, but it is important to be aware that it is not just good luck but also an obligation. In personal life and also in the society.
After finishing his career as an active athlete Franz Beckenbauer wanted to pass on some of his good fortune to those who have been less lucky, to the physically and mentally disabled and to those in need through no fault of their own. With this in mind, he endowed the Franz Beckenauer Foundation with a capital of one million D-Mark. For more than 30 years he has concentrated all his energy on this mission.