JUAN MATA: FOOTBALLER
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata talks to SPASHION about his career to date, his strongest point in the game and how he prepares for a match.
What was your big break into football?
Leaving home at 15 to play in the Real Madrid Academy.
How did you turn it into a professional career?
When I played for Real Madrid Castilla in Second Division. It was my first year as a professional footballer.
How do you mentally prepare for a game?
In the hotel’s room, on the way to the stadium or during the warm up, I try to visualize what is going to happen during the match.
What’s the most memorable moment of your career and why?
Winning the international trophies: Champions League, World Cup and European Cup. It’s every footballer’s dream.
Was there ever a low point you recall?
When I arrived to Valencia I didn’t play much.
How did you overcome that?
I worked even harder and kept trusting myself. My family was a big support also.
How do you stay motivated?
A footballer’s career is short, so I try to keep improving and make the most of it.
What’s an average training day for you?
At Cobham between 10am and 2pm; working in the training ground, gym and pool. I also have breakfast and lunch there.
What does your regular diet consist of?
Breakfast: Fruit, milk and cereals.
Lunch: Pasta and salad.
Dinner: I either have something light at home or try different restaurants in London; Asian food in particular.
What is your strong point in the game?
I like the ball to keep moving and make my team mates participate as much as possible.
I’m not very strong physically, so the contact game is not for me.
Who is your hero?
Nobody in particular, but I admire those who have made this world a better place to live.
Who has been your strongest opponent?
Dani Alves has been the strongest defender I’ve ever played against.
What advice would you give to inspiring footballers?
Never stop learning and enjoy what you do.
How would you describe fashionable football?
Eye-catching, fast, technically very good and physically strong.
What’s your favourite stadium you’ve played at?
I would say Wembley for example. Amazing atmosphere
Who are your favourite designers on and off the pitch?
Not an easy question, I have many… If you ask me about football players, I like the style of Frank Lampard and Xabi Alonso
Where is your favourite city?
At the present time, London.
How do you relax?
Watching a movie at home.
Name the one thing you can’t live without?
My mobile phone
Finish these sentences:
To you sport is… My life.
Fashion is… Something I like more, the more I get into it.