The Spanish international has collected the distinction, one of the 2017 National Sports Awards, surrounded by his family. The event, held in El Pardo, was chaired by the King and Queen of Spain. Juan’s involvement with Common Goal has been key to this recognition. Rafa Nadal, Sandra Sánchez, Keylor Navas, Jon Rahm, María Vicente and Juan de Dios Román were other winners.
Juan Mata has been one of the protagonists in the award ceremony of the 2017 National Sports Awards. The Spanish international picked up the Reina Sofía Award (for the person or entity that during the 2017 made a particularly remarkable gesture of nobility or fair play in sports practice, or that has made a special contribution to the eradication of violence in sport), a distinction in which his involvement in Common Goal has played a key role.
“I’m very proud of receiving this important award in the name of all Common Goal members. It’s an award that acknowledges the idea we created more than a year ago: a movement from professional football to help people through this sport. This award is an honour and a help towards Common Goal future and its acknowledgment,” Juan said after the event.
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) 10 de enero de 2019
The ceremony, held at the El Pardo Palace, was presided over by King and Queen Felipe and Letizia. Joining them were José Guirao, Minister of Culture and Sports, and María José Rienda, President of the Higher Sports Council. In addition to Juan Mata, personalities such as Rafa Nadal, Sandra Sánchez, Keylor Navas, Jon Rahm, María Vicente and Juan de Dios Román have collected their awards. Also present was Jürgen Griesbeck, co-founder of Common Goal.
The 2017 National Sports Awards were announced in September, following the decision of a jury chaired by Mariano Soriano (general director of Sports of the CSD) who was accompanied by prestigious members.
“I’m very proud of receiving this important award in the name of all Common Goal members. It’s an award that acknowledges the idea we created more than a year ago: a movement from professional football to help people through this sport.” – @juanmata8 pic.twitter.com/LOE15G5iGn
— Common Goal (@CommonGoalOrg) 11 de enero de 2019
The decisive contribution of Mata to the founding and expansion of Common Goal (brings together people and institutions related to football that believe in the strength of this sport as a tool for social change in many countries around the world), has allowed him to explain the movement in events of such magnitude as the World Economic Forum and the World Football Summit.
— ImagoSport (@ImagoSport) 10 de enero de 2019