Juan Mata calls on footballers to pledge 1 percent salary for charity

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 6, 2017

Juan Mata wants players to sign up to the Common Goal initiative, whose ambition is to filter the money to over 120 grassroot football charities in 80 countries around the world.

The Spain worldwide, 29, has signed up to a scheme called Common Goal created by streetfootballworld, a group of 120 charities from 80 countries.

I'm asking my fellow professionals to join me in forming a Common Goal Starting XI. It's the most effective and sustainable way that football can deliver long-term social impact on a global scale. Together we can create a movement based on shared values that can become integral to the whole football industry - forever. It was odd [not playing in pre-season for Chelsea] because the team has played and had a good pre-season but, as you know, I trained alone in London.

Ultimately, the long-term vision of Common Goal is to unlock 1% of the entire football industry's revenues - even just conservatively believed to be worth around $30bn per year - to help fund grassroots charities that use football to strengthen communities.

"As we were celebrating, I looked around at my teammates, and I saw the beauty of football", he wrote. We will see this season what we can do but I'm sure with hard work we can be one of the favourites for the title. Seeing the conditions, my spirits were a bit down.

"They knew we were there to help, and there was this tangible energy in the air".

"Last season was a good season, now we have an opportunity this season to lift more [trophies]".

"I tried to give my best to control the game well, to give the balance, and I think, for the first game, it was good for me".

"I am happy to make my debut in front of our supporters and thanks to my team mates, to the staff, I adapted very quickly to the team and I hope I will help the team achieve many things".

"We are so lucky to live a dream". Football has the power to do this, but we need to act together.

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