Juan Mata launched Common Goal to make a dream team of players that would donate one percent of their salary to charitable causes. The first step is always the hardest and Juan Mata was unable to persuade the whole team. He went on the initiative alone. and now after four years after its inception, Common Goal has more than 200 members. In what could be the biggest contribution yet, Adidas have pledged one percent of global sales from each football they sell.
“It is very special for me,” Juan Mata said about Common Goal. “I am happy for Common Goal, Adidas, and myself. But more importantly, I am happy for the many people who will benefit from this partnership. We can be proud of what we are doing and this is just the beginning.”
“We were dreaming that this could happen but we did not know. I announced it myself hoping that others would follow. Thankfully, many have done and I am sure that many more will do. The more we grow, the more people will benefit – and that is the ultimate goal.” he added. “Some people ask me if I would have liked different names or more players from more teams. That is true. There were times when I wished more people would join, but I like to focus on the ones who did join. I prefer to highlight that instead of feeling frustrated.”
Italy’s Euro 2020 winning captain Giorgio Chiellini has also joined the initiative that includes global superstars Serge Gnabry, Mats Hummels, and Timo Werner.