VIDEO: Juan vs Eleven - Mata Helps Launch Common Goal to Impact Positive Change Around the World

Friday August 4th, 2017

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata made the trip to Mumbai, India this summer as he embarks on a new project as the first member of Common Goal, a movement in which players pledge 1% of their salaries to a collective fund that supports football charities around the world

Common Goal is created by award winning NGO streetfootballworld and is ultimately looking to unlock 1% of the entire football industry's revenues - conservatively estimated at $30bn per year - for grassroots football charities that use the game to strengthen their communities.

As part of his visit, the 2010 World Cup winner took part in a game against a full team of 11 local players to drive home the project's message.

"Both on and off the pitch it takes more than one to have a real impact, that's why I have been searching for a collective way to give back. Through Common Goal, I can team up with all the footballers from all over the world," Mata said.

Image by Jamie Spencer

"Together, we can use the game as a force for good. It's a simple idea that drives big change, but it will only work if we come together as a team."

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