Manchester United player Juan Mata sets target for Common Goal after Adidas deal

Man United playmaker Juan Mata co-founded the Common Goal charity four years ago.


Manchester United's Juan Mata has explained he wants to make Common Goal 'the biggest football club in the world'.

It was announced last week that Mata had signed a one-year contract extension at United after his deal expired, which means the Spaniard is set to play another season at Old Trafford next term, although he's also been busy away from the pitch with Common Goal.

Mata, 33, co-founded Common Goal in 2017 and the charitable organisation encourages professional football players, managers and clubs to donate a minimum of 1 per cent of their earnings to support initiatives that use football to drive progress for Global Goals.

Now, Adidas have agreed a long-term partnership with Mata's organisation which has seen them pledge 1 per cent of their global net sales from footballs to Common Goal until 2023 and the United playmaker is understandably delighted.

“I’ve been a part of the Adidas family for many years and with Common Goal from the very beginning, so this collaboration is very special," Mata said.

"This partnership will help us to use football as a force for good and come together to try and tackle social issues as one.

"This is really only the start. For me, team play is the most important thing and through solidarity, empathy and effort, I believe that anyone can reach their goals.

"Our ambition is to make Common Goal the biggest football club in the world, where everyone is welcome.”

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