Spanish player Juan Mata kick-started his football career in the Real Madrid Academy. His first major team was Real Oviedo, where he played for three years. Then, in 2007 he moved to La Liga side Valencia. His big break for Valencia came in the 2008 Copa del Rey when he scored to stun FC Barcelona in the semifinal.
Three years later, he made his move to the Premier League, with Chelsea. According to him, compatriot and Chelsea teammate Fernando Torres helped facilitate the move. Juan Mata made his official Chelsea debut against Norwich City as a substitute and helped them romp to a 3-1 win.
Mata enjoyed a reasonably excellent stint with the Blues until Jose Mourinho arrived. From that point onwards, Mata found himself relegated to the benchwarmer role. This was because Mourinho heavily favoured Brazilian playmaker, Oscar.
In 2014, Jose Mourinho accepted an offer for Juan Mata from Manchester United. Initially, under Louis van Gaal, Mata found himself as a substitute for a few games before breaking into the side permanently. Juan Mata would remain with the Red Devils for a while, even signing a 2-year contract extension in 2019.
Out of 218 appearances for Manchester United, Juan Mata has netted 45 goals. His overall tally stands at 134 in 566 appearances across La Liga and the Premier League. The 31-year old has also scored 10 goals in a Spain jersey, with three in 2009, two in 2011, one in 2012, another three in 2013 and one in 2014.
He has scored only one goal during the World Cup, which was in the 2014 edition. He was also part of the 2010 World Cup-winning squad. During his time in Manchester United, Juan Mata has helped the team to the 2015-16 FA Cup, 2016-17 EFL Cup, the 2016 FA Community Shield and the 2016-17 Europa League championships.
Juan Mata’s Net Worth, Salary and Endorsement
The Spanish attacking midfielder has a net worth of $55 million. He also earns a salary of $13.5 million. Mata is sponsored by the likes of Adidas, IWC, Loewe, Beats and more
Foundations and Charity
Juan Mata founded the charity, Common Goal with the aim of using the immense power of football to generate social change and improve people’s lives. It’s member have pledged to donate 1% of their income to active projects in all continents.
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Teams||Spain, Valencia, Chelsea, Manchester United|
|Endorsements||Adidas, IWC, Loewe, Beats|