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When Juan Mata Visits Mumbai and Meets OSCAR India, SSE’S NGO Partner

Then you ought to do everything for Juan and his team. And thats what we all did!

Read more about Common Goal from Juan Mata in his own words. And do watch this video of his time in Mumbai which is a must see too! Click Here

By Juan Mata, Current Manchester United Player and World Cup Winner for Spain

So starting today, I am pledging 1% of my salary to Common Goal, a collective fund - run by the award-winning NGO - that supports football charities around the globe. It’s a small gesture that if shared can change the world.

I’m asking my fellow professionals to join me in forming a Common Goal Starting XI. Together we can create a movement based on shared values that can become integral to the whole football industry - forever.

I am leading this effort, but I don’t want to be alone.

One of the first lessons I learned in football is that it takes a team to accomplish your dreams. We live by this mantra on the pitch, yet we don’t see it enough in the social space. Common Goal is creating a collaborative way for football to give back to society. It’s the most effective and sustainable way that football can deliver long-term social impact on a global scale. Football has the power to do this, but we need to act together.

I want to make sure that other kids get the chances I had.

The focus now is on contributions from players, but the the long-term goal is to unlock 1% of the entire football industry’s revenues for grassroots football charities that strengthen their communities through sport.

Just last month, I traveled to Mumbai, India, to see one such charity. We went to a slum just outside the main city, and at first it was very hard to comprehend the level of poverty. No child should have to live like that. Seeing the conditions, my spirits were a bit down.

But then we started interacting with the local kids. Their English wasn’t great, and I’m not sure all of them even knew that I was a football player, but we communicated through laughter and the game. If I smiled, they smiled. If I ran, they ran.

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