Juan Mata has been very successful in his footballing career with a number of coveted trophies under his belt, something he attributes to a bit of luck. The Spanish midfielder who was born on 28 April 1988 in Burgos, Spain began his career at Real Oviedo. He joined Real Madrid’s youth team three years later in 2003 and made it to their B team, Real Madrid Castilla in 2006.
However, Mata was unable to earn a spot in the Real Madrid senior team and as a result, signed with Valencia. Mata’s career shined from then on and in 2011, the English Premier League side Chelsea came for his services. He won the champions league and FA Cup in his debut season. Mata would in 2014 join Manchester United in a then club transfer fee of £37.1 million.
About Mata’s Dad
Juan Mata’s dad, Juan Manuel Mata Rodríguez has been one of the key people in his career. Growing up, Mata looked up to his father who was a professional football player. Mata’s dad, after whom he is named, played in the 1980s and 1990s and spent his early years honing his skills at Real Oviedo, the same football club that Mata Jr would come to start his youth career.
Mata’s dad played as a forwarder in the right-wing position and was revered for his pace. He shined during his time at the now-defunct Spanish football club Burgos CF, the local club of Burgos, Burgos where Mata was born.
With his experience in football, Juan Sr was able to help young Mata Jr make the right decisions that would put him on the global football stage. Eventually, he became his agent, helping him negotiate deals. In the process, Mata’s dad came to be a registered FIFA football agent and still serves as his agent to this day.
The father and son duo have also involved themselves with non-football businesses like the Tapeo and Wine Spanish restaurant in Manchester which they co-own. The restaurant has hosted a number of his teammates as well as his coach Jose Mourinho.
Wife or Girlfriend, Is Juan Mata Married?
Unmarried as of the time of this writing, Juan Mata is probably one of football’s most eligible bachelors. Many sports stars of the world are known for their frequent flings with the world’s genetically blessed, however, Juan seems to be a dedicated man when it comes to his romantic life. Back in 2010 during the world cup, Mata was dating a certain Australian lady named Lorena Martínez. After their relationship ended, Mata began dating Swedish beauty, Evelina Kamph. Their relationship is speculated to have begun somewhere between 2014 and 2015.
Kamph is not just a beauty but has also got brains. Born in 1989, she holds a master’s degree in osteopathy from The British School of Osteopathy in London. Osteopathy is a drug-free alternative form of medicine that manipulates the musculoskeletal framework in order to treat medical disorders and improve one’s general well-being across all body systems.
Evelina Kamph who hails from Höllviken, Sweden spent about two years working in Europe’s largest osteopathy clinic. She now works with Rich Therapies as one of their therapists. Her profile on the clinic’s website (richtherapies.com) says Evelina is a full member of the Institute of Osteopathy.
Could it be that Mata and Evelina met during one of his trips to fix an injury? Guess we’ll never know… Mata and his girl unlike most footballers and their WAGs seem to be quite private about their personal lives. Mata, for one, has never posted about her on his social media page while Evelina’s IG page is private. However, that doesn’t mean the couple doesn’t have a social life as they have been spotted countless times by cameras vacationing during holiday breaks.
One of their most memorable trips, one that caught the media attention was Mata’s visit to the slums of Mumbai. Evelina’s supporting role on Mata’s trip included documenting photos of the trip which Mata launched as an exhibition at the National Football Museum to help raise funds. Mata’s visit to the slums was what inspired him to pledge 1% of his salary to the Common Goal charity.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
According to Mata’s profile on the official Sky Sports website, the attacking midfielder stands at 1.70 m tall (5 feet 7 inches). Other credible sites confirming Mata’s height are the official English premier league as well as the Eurosport website. According to Eurosport, Mata weighs 64 kg. Other details of his body measurements are yet to be verified.