Quality and variety in the trophy room

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.

The conquest of the Super League by Juan Mata’s Galatasaray SK has rounded off the Asturian player’s luxurious list of honours. The fifth Spaniard to win the Turkish League (and second in a Galatasaray shirt, after Albert Riera), Juan can boast of having won trophies in three countries (apart from the Spanish titles).

Mata has won competitions in Spain (Valencia), England (Chelsea and Manchester United) and now in Turkey (Galatasaray). Of the Spanish players with whom he reigned at European and world level, in 2010 and 2012, only Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina have achieved something like this (lifting cups in at least three countries). As for the most important titles, Fernando Torres, Pedro Rodríguez and Juan are the only ones from that historic generation to have lifted the World Cup, Euro, Champions League and Europa League.

Galatasaray’s number 64 finishes the 2022/23 campaign as one of the few active Spanish internationals to have won a league title this season. He is joined by Laporte and Rodri (Premier League winners with Manchester City), as well as Rico, Bernat, Fabián, Ramos and Soler (dominant in France with PSG).

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