Juan summarizes his trajectory in a video produced by Manchester United, from his beginning to his consolidation in the top flight.
Beyond titles and achievements of all kinds, Juan Mata’s career as a footballer responds to a path traced with professionalism and talent, from the beginning in Real Oviedo academy to his extended stay in the Premier League. Manchester United, his current club, has produced a video that captures this story very well.
His father’s influence on his passion for football, his birth in Burgos, his move to Asturias, his time in the lower categories of Oviedo, his signing for Madrid … The video recalls all these stages before the turning point in his career: the explosion as a footballer at Valencia CF, thanks to the trust placed in him by Ronald Koeman.
In that dressing room, which he arrived at when he was only 19 years old, he met Villa, Albelda, Marchena, Baraja or Cañizares. Experienced players helped his integration and gave him an example of practising with the younger players at Manchester United, such as Shola Shoretire.
For Mata, representing the Old Trafford club is a “challenge” that complements his involvement in Common Goal. Constantly aware of football’s possibilities to improve people’s lives, the example of his teammate Marcus Rashford stands out.