Juan Mata has once again shown he’s one of the nicest guys in world football, giving a percentage of his salary to charity as part of his Common Goal campaign.
The campaign sees footballers try to give back to the community – and he’s made it clear he wants to see far more players take part in the scheme.
1% may not seem like a huge amount of money, but when you think about the salaries of the top players – especially those like Mata and now the likes of players in China, it can be a huge amount of money that makes a massive difference.
Neymar’s salary alone would see £5150 per week going to charity.
“One of the first lessons I learned in football is that it takes a team to win a game,” ESPN report Mata said, after he recently visited Mumbai ahead of his return to preseason training as part of the scheme.
“We live by this mantra on the pitch, yet we rarely see it play out in the social impact space, which is dominated by individual initiatives.
“Through Common Goal we’re creating a collaborative way for football to give back to society. I urge my fellow players to get involved. What we’re trying to do is define a shared social agenda for football.
“Common Goal goes beyond individual brands and egos to deliver a greater impact. By making the pledge, we can form a lasting connection between football as a business and football as a tool for social change.”
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— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) August 4, 2017
Juan Mata, a fantastic footballer and a wonderful man. One of my fave #mufc
— Achmad Rivai Syahrir (@red_elora) August 4, 2017
Juan Mata is just a top human https://t.co/1KcFwimLfT
— Sean Wright (@ScroungerSquad) August 4, 2017
Juan Mata's going to give 1% of his salary to #CommonGoal, supporting football/social charities. Wants other players to join him. Smart move
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) August 4, 2017
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 4, 2017
Juan Mata has pledged to donate a share of his Man United salary to charity – and calls on all footballers to join him.
— AccaTracker App (@AccaTrackerTM) August 4, 2017
Juan Mata is the nicest man in football. He has just launched a campaign pledging 1% of his earnings to #CommonGoal (charity). Legend.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) August 4, 2017
Juan mata seems to be one of the only footballers that doesn't care about money or fame. Love him
— phwoar (@Jack_Stancer) August 4, 2017
Bravo Juan Mata
— Sam Winter (@SamWinterr) August 4, 2017
And there's us thinking we couldn't love Juan Mata anymore than we already do… pic.twitter.com/ox7OK26Znk
— Goodwin Smith (@GoodwinSmithUK) August 4, 2017
While Neymar's dad pockets 20-odd mill for the square-root of eff-all, fairplay to Juan Mata – a decent chap https://t.co/ALNtchLexm
— Shaun Lowthian (@ShaunLowthian) August 4, 2017