Juan Mata with Indian children, Juan Mata official Facebook page
CAIRO – 14 October 2017: Juan Mata dedicated a special trip to Mumbai, India, where he became soaked directly with the plans proposed by the NGO "street football world."
He decided to join the organization and become the leader of the project “Common Goal” which invites players from the football world to donate one percent of their salary to make the football community give back, creating impact all around the world.
"It is not a simple task" he acknowledged. "I believe in the unique power of football to change the world; change is possible and change is real because I have seen it in India," said the Spanish player.
"Common Goal" is the initiative of "street football world" which supports more than 120 organizations worldwide using football as a tool for change, Mata added. Some other players also joined the project like Mats Hummels, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Giorgio Chiellini, Gnabry, Aogo, and the last signing was the Australian Alex Brosque, captain of Sidney FC and first player of Oceania.
This can be considered the best goal for Juan Mata outside the stadiums. It is worth mentioning that Mata played 503 official matches in the elite since he made his debut with Real Madrid Youth; then he made his way up to Valencia under the command of Ronald Koeman, and ended up becoming one of the game's references of the Premier League.