Juan Mata’s mum Marta Garcia ‘dies after prolonged battle with illness’ as Manchester United teammates and close friends share touching statements of support
- According to reports in Spain, Marta, Juan Mata’s mother, has sadly passed away
- Marta is believed to be suffering from a long-term illness for several months
- Mata revealed in 2019 that he would talk to his mother before and after games
- A number of Manchester United teammates have shared their love and support
According to reports from Spain, Juan Mata’s mother has died after a long battle with illness.
Publication The new Spain reported on Monday that Marta Garcia passed away after months of ill health.
The tragic news has not been officially confirmed by Manchester United’s Mata, but a number of teammates have expressed their love and support on social media.
Juan Mata’s mother, Marta Garcia, has reportedly passed away after a long battle with illness
Marta had two children – Mata, 32, and his sister, Paula.
She has been warmly described by the press in Spain as a ‘very dear, good and loving person’.
Bruno Fernandes posted a photo on Instagram of him and Mata hugging each other on the field.
Marta (center) had two children and was known to have a very close relationship with Mata from Manchester United
“Friend, a very strong hug to you and your family,” read the caption.
Countryman from Spain, David de Gea, also uploaded a photo with Mata and accompanied it with a love heart.
Ander Herrera, the former United midfielder now at Paris Saint-Germain, shared a photo earlier this season of him chatting with Mata at Old Trafford.
Under it, he wrote the term ‘siempre’, which translates into English as ‘forever’.
Mata had a close relationship with his mother and has spoken on United’s club website about his match rituals involving her.
He revealed that Marta often texted him during games and waited for him to read it full time.
They also spoke to each other on the phone before competitions.
‘My mother has always been more concerned about my physical well-being during a competition than about the result,’ Mata said two years ago
Mata said on United’s website that he would talk to his mother regularly before and after games
‘That’s why I always call her when I’m on the bus on my way to the stadium. Always.
‘It is a ritual that we both enjoy, and that 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.
‘I’ll always do whatever I can to make her happy. She deserves it more than anyone else. ‘