Manchester United’s Juan Mata has been heartened by the reception from the footballing world to his pledge to donate one per cent of his earnings to charity.
Widely-regarded as one of the nicest men in elite-level football, it was little surprise to see the 29-year-old become the first member of Common Goal.
The initiative, created by streetfootballworld, supports more than 120 football charities around the world and was launched last week.
“Football is a great sport that we all love, but it means much more than that for a lot of people around the world,” Mata said.
“I am trying to bring football together as a tool for social change. Together we can be stronger and make a real impact in the world.
“There has been a great reception, not just from players but almost everyone around the football world.
“I had some personal messages on my phone and messages through social media. I am quite happy with the reception.
“I think everyone understands the situation and I feel that everyone is looking forward to help. It’s a very positive start.”