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Juan Mata proves he’s the nicest guy in football with amazing charity gesture

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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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