The Asturian footballer arrives at the club where Andrés Iniesta and David Villa have left their mark. Recent Turkish champion with Galatasaray, Juan will play in a team with which he can continue pursuing to win titles.
“I am not sad because it ended, I am happy because it happened.” With this emotional phrase, Juan begins his farewell letter from Galatasaray.
Juan has returned to the city where he shone as a Manchester United player. The reason is his participation in the Manchester International Festival, through a project that combines art and football.
Juan Mata has won championships in three countries (Spain, England and Turkey). World Cup, European Championship, Champions League and Europa League crown his track record. His successes stand out in comparison with other historic Spanish internationals.
It is not the same to play football and be a footballer. Here, I try to explain how my life has been shaped by the beautiful game, the experiences I have had, and the decisions I had to make along the way, consciously or subconsciously, on and off the pitch.
MATA'S WORLD MAP
Several stadiums have had a big impact on my career (Mestalla, Stamford bridge, Old Trafford, Soccer City, The Olympic Stadium of Kiev, Allianz Arena, Wembley, Amsterdam Arena…) but football has let me travel so I’ve had the chance of meeting plenty more. I’ve located and compiled them so that you can see them on my particular ‘Mata´s wold map’. I hope you like it.