- Juan Mata receives royal awards in Spain after floating a charity organisation
- The Man United midfielder founded Common Goal, an outfit committed to helping the less privileged
- The Spaniard has scored two goals and assisted two others in 14 Premier League appearances this campaign
Manchester United attacker Juan Mata has been honoured with 'Queen Sofia' royal award at a gala at El Pardo Palace in Madrid.
The 30-year-old who was recognised took it upon himself to set up a charity organisation tagged 'Common Goal' in August 2017 to help several causes around the world.
According to Daily Mail, the movement was founded to encourage football players and administrators commit at least one percent of their salary to the cause.
The Red Devils star was all smiles as Queen Sofia herself handed him the prestigious prize, more akin to the FA Cup than a royal award.
A recognition which shows that Mata's project is certainly not going unnoticed and is making a difference.
The proceeds from the Common Goal project is directed to helping charities around the world to combat a number of issues, from HIV to gender inequality.
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To date, the organisation has 426 members including Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Juventus centre back Giorgio Chiellini and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong became the 43rd member of Juan Mata's Common Goal movement.
The Bursaspor central defender joined the Manchester United midfielder and a few other players who will donate one percent of their income to charity.
Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels and Giorgio Chiellini are also part of the project organized to raise money to support football-based charities around the world.
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