Changing modern football? Juan Mata donates 1% of his salary to charity (and wants others to follow)

Manchester United’s Spanish international Juan Mata has promised to give one per cent of his earnings to charity and wants all fellow professional footballers to do the same, Fox Sport reports.

“I am launching something that I hope will change the world, even if only in some small way,” he announced on The Players Tribune website.

Mata said he would donate the money to Common Goal, a fund run by the charity streetfootballworld that supports football charities around the world.

“I thought about everything football had given me. And I thought about what I wanted my legacy to be. I knew how lucky I was to have the opportunities I’d had — and that not everyone has a family like mine. And even though I’ve been engaged with charities before, I knew that I wanted to do something more. I want to make sure that other kids get the chances I had.

So starting today, I am pledging 1% of my salary to Common Goal, a collective fund — run by the award-winning NGO streetfootballworld — that supports football charities around the globe. It’s a small gesture that if shared can change the world.

I’m asking my fellow professionals to join me in forming a Common Goal Starting XI. Together we can create a movement based on shared values that can become integral to the whole football industry — forever.

I am leading this effort, but I don’t want to be alone.”

Juan Mata