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Manchester United star Juan Mata recruits more players for Common Goals project

Manchester United star Juan Mata made headlines recently when he promised to donate 1% of his Manchester United salary to charity. He has now recruited two more football stars in United States women’s national team members Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan to the charity project.

Mata has called for more football players around the world to donate to the Common Goals charity, which supports football charities around the globe.

“What we’re trying to do is define a shared social agenda for football,” Mata said in August.

“Common Goal goes beyond individual brands and egos to deliver a greater impact. By making the pledge, we can form a lasting connection between football as a business and football as a tool for social change.

“One of the first lessons I learned in football is that it takes a team to win a game.

“We live by this mantra on the pitch, yet we rarely see it play out in the social impact space, which is dominated by individual initiatives.

“Through Common Goal we’re creating a collaborative way for football to give back to society. I urge my fellow players to get involved.”

Mata has pledged to find a ‘starting XI’ of players to donate to the cause. So far, Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels, Rapinoe and Morgan have taken up the call for players to join.
The Common Goals charity was set up by Streetfootballworld. According to the BBC, Mata was made aware of the cause after visiting India and being shocked by the level of poverty in the country.
Mata’s salary is around £7.3 million per season with Manchester United. That means he will donate an estimate £72,800 this to the charity this year.

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