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14 reasons why Juan Mata is the nicest footballer in the world right now

Footballers quite often get a bad rap.

Their off-field antics usually overshadow any good they do on the pitch, but amongst it all there’s a few good eggs.

And there can be no greater example of a jewel in the footballing crown than Manchester United’s Juan Mata, who really breaks the mould when it comes to the way the public sees footballers.

But why? We’ve put together these reasons, all of which are proof that the Spaniard is the greatest of all.

1 He takes better pictures than you

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2 He’s talks just like us about playing Sunday league

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3 This amazing moment when he celebrated the win over over Norwich with a disabled fan

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4 He asks fans to recommend old music and then actually makes a Spotify playlist for you

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5 He’s a Premier League footballer but is still inspired to #dreambig at Google HQ

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6 Just read this sentence. English is his second language, and he knows what ‘incredulity’ means

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7 He casually rocks up to neo-classical music concerts (thank you, Wikipedia)

8 He genuinely cares about football and knowing who he’s playing against

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9 When he’s disappointed after defeats he writes in Radiohead lyrics

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10 He turns up to workplaces to congratulate random Manchester United fans

11 He cares about you. (Shame about liking Hozier, though)

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12 He’s a charitable man

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13 Just look at this.

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14 He signs off his weekly blog with HUGS! You can’t not like this guy!

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VIDEO: If it wasn’t enough, Mata’s also absolutely amazing at basketball…