8 facts you didn't know about Juan Mata

Aditi Prakash

Juan Mata is one of the most famous Spanish footballers today. He's won almost every competition possible including the World Cup, Premier League and the Champions League. His skill and technique are undeniably brilliant.His quick passes and creativity makehim a threat from anywhere on the field. But here are 8 facts about Manchester United's no. 8 that you probably didn't know!

#1 He didn\'t score a headed goal until his third Premier League season

For someone who's such an attacking threat, the only thing Mata seems to be lacking is the ability to score headers.

His only headed goal in English football came during on April 26, 2014 in the game against Norwich City. He has also scored only 5 headers for Valencia in his 4 years at the club.

#2 Footballer and Scholar

Mata is not only good on the field, he is also pursuing two degrees - Marketing and Sports Science - from the Technical University of Madrid.

He started studying while playing for Valencia, and now continues his studies through online correspondence.

#3 Loves Travelling and Photography

If you follow Mata on any of his social media networks then you'll know that Mata loves travelling.

The Spaniard confesses that his love for travelling began when he was young, when he used to backpack around Spain in his free time.

#4 His father was also a professional footballer

Mata followed in his father's , Juan Manuel Mata Rodrguez, whowas also a professionalstriker for Burgos CF in the 80's and 90's.

#5 The number 10 is special to him

Mata considers number 10 to be his favourite number as he has worn the number since his youth.

Even former team-mate Yossi Benayoun gave up the number when Mata moved to Chelsea because he knew it was very special to him.

#6 \'Assist\' is his middle name

Mata's biggest contribution are his assists.

He currently has the 3rd highest minutes to assist ratio in the Premier League, and also has the 3rd highest number of assists, behind Wayne Rooney and David Silva.

#7 He loves Tennis

Mata is an avid tennis fan and considers tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal to be the greatest Spanish athlete.

#8 He is a Quick Learner

When Mata first arrived in England, he confessed his difficulty in understanding conversations with the English players and coaches.

However, he is a quick learner and managed to speak fluent English in only a year.

Edited by Staff Editor


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