Marta García, mother of Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, has died after a serious illness.
The Spanish newspaper La Nueva España reports that Marta had been suffering from the disease “for some time.”
Mata, who also has a sister Paula, revealed during an interview with United that he shared a very close relationship with her mother and always spoke to her shortly before games.
“My mother has always been more worried about my physical wellbeing during a match than the result,’ Mata said in 2019. ‘That’s why, even now, I always call her when I’m on the coach on the way to the stadium. Always.
“It’s a ritual that we both enjoy, and which is also an extra source of motivation for me. ‘Be careful. Enjoy, shoot… and try not to get hurt,’ are always her words.
“My mother is undoubtedly a key figure in my life.”
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Juan Mata’s mother, Marta Garcia.
Thinking of you and your family, Juan ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dvJnXiwQBw
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 29, 2021
A post on United’s official Twitter account read: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Juan Mata’s mother, Marta Garcia. ‘Thinking of you and your family, Juan.”
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