Manchester United's Juan Mata wins Spain award for Common Goal charity
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Manchester United's Juan Mata has been named a winner of the 2017 Nations Sports award in Spain alongside other renowned sportspeople from the country.
The honour, put forward by Spain's Sports Council, is given to sports personalities, associations and entities who have stood out for their impulse and promotion of sport. The award recognises the work done by Spain international midfielder Mata, who will be honoured with the "Premio Reina Sofia" (Queen Sofia award) for "having stood out during the year for an especially relevant noble gesture."
Mata tweeted that he was "truly grateful to receive the 2017 Nations Sports Award "The 30-year-old celebrated the first year of his launch of the Common Goal charity last month, which has raised nearly $800,000 since its foundation.
Truly grateful to receive the 2017 National Sports Award, that values the passion and effort of everyone behind @CommonGoalOrg! ⚽❤