“Who’s the greatest player in the Premier League? It’s you Juan, Juan, Juan, it’s you Juan, Juan,” Manchester United fans sing about our no.8, Mata. 

Today he has taken our affection to the next level by starting a project that will see him donate a percentage of his wage to charity. 

The organisation is called “Common Goal” and he will be one of 10 players to donate part of his salary. 

Big signings are done every summer, and it seems to keep on growing. Just look at the last month and the fees paid and received by clubs.

The revenue generated so far in England from transfers, with a whole month of the market still to go, is around £1billion. Think what a a difference just a fraction of the money could make to lives around the world? And that’s just a small part of what the football industry generates.

One of the first lessons I learned in football was that it takes a team to win a game. Through Common Goal we are creating a collaborative way for football to give back to society. I urge my fellow players to get involved.

Football can change the life of millions of people around the globe. So let’s try to use that power for the better.

Read Mata’s statement in full.