The Anti-Neymar: Man Utd Star Juan Mata Donating 1% of Salary to Charity


After another week dominated by the excesses of football and the obscene amounts of money being earned by the top players, Juan Mata is trying to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

The Manchester United midfielder has pledged to donate 1% of his salary to charity and has appealed for other professionals to do the same.

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You don’t have to be great at math to know it would be huge for Neymar to follow Mata’s example. The Brazilian will earn 45m euros (£40.7m) a year – 865,000 euros (£782,000) a week – before tax.

Mata, 29, said he would donate the money to Common Goal, run by the organization streetfootballworld, which supports football charities worldwide.

“I am leading this effort, but I don’t want to be alone,” said the former Chelsea star.

The Spaniard is said to earn £7m a year.

(Instagram/Juan Mata)

He said he was shocked by the poverty he saw on a visit to Mumbai, India, and the long-term aim was for the entire football industry to contribute one per cent of revenue to grassroots football charities.

He added: “I am launching something that I hope will change the world, even if only in some small way.”

Mata said he wanted to create a ‘Common Goal starting XI’, made up of 11 players who each donate 1% of their wage to the charity, according to the BBC.