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Juan Mata proves once again he is the nicest man in football

Juan Mata shows that he is still football's good guy after setting goal of donating one per cent of his salary to charity

On a day where football officially went mad, there’s always one man we can rely on.

Juan Mata doesn’t need to do much more to to prove that he’s football’s number one good guy, but he just keeps going.

The Manchester United and Spain midfielder is putting together an allegiance of professionals to give a portion of their salaries to charity.

Today he announced a collective fund called Common Goal, a group of 120 charities in 80 countries.

Juan Mata launched the charity event on a recent trip to India

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Juan Mata launched the charity initiative on a recent trip to India

Mata has spoken about the idea and how he hopes it becomes a bigger thing than just an idea.

He said: “Collectively football takes on a social responsibility, we set a new agenda, it’s understood that a part of what football generates goes to social projects.

“If you do it alone it’s hard but if you bring people together… it can be an engine for good, an act of social awareness within the system.

“We want to make it the new normal, the standard.”

The ultimate goal would result in one per cent of all wages, transfer fees and more goes to these charities.

Juan Mata wants to change the way money in football is portrayed

PA:Press Association
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Juan Mata wants to change the way money in football is portrayed

Neymar, who signed for Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday would contribute £2.25m with his transfer fee alone.

Mata earns around £140,000 a week at Manchester United, so will donate £1,400 each week to the cause.


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