Juan Mata’s Common Goal: Should more footballers sign up?

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Juan Mata: Manchester United player mobbed by fans in ManchesterWhen Juan Mata launched his Common Goal initiative, he said he hoped to “change the world, even if only in some small way”.The Manchester United midfielder pledged to donate 1% of his salary to charity, and called for others in football to do the same.”I am leading this effort, but I don’t want to be alone,” said the Spaniard.Two years on, more than 130 people have joined the cause.Last month, two of those – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe – gave impassioned speeches at the Fifa Best Awards about the importance of football showing more social responsibility.Klopp, the world’s best coach, said “now is the time for those interested to step forward”. USA winger Rapinoe, women’s player of the year, went further. She told an audience that included Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to “lend your platform to lift people up, to use this beautiful game to change the world for the better”.Speaking to BBC Sport this week, Mata approved.”We can use the platform that we have to really be honest with ourselves, to really share our values or to really say what we think, or what football should be aiming for, and Megan is obviously an example of speaking from the heart,” he said.”I think the power of sport and of football in particular is hu

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