Manchester United’s mid-fielder Juan Mata said winning the FIFA World Cup 2010 for Spain was his career’s best moment as it was a dream come true.
Manchester United’s Juan Mata (Reuters Image)
- Andres Iniesta scored the winner in 116th minute
- It was an explosion of happiness and energy: Mata
- Every player dreams about winning a World Cup
Manchester United’s Juan Mata said winning the FIFA World Cup 2010 for Spain was his career’s best moment.
“The best one has to be the World Cup that we won in 2010 with Spain,” the club’s official website quoted Mata as saying.
In the final of the tournament, Spain registered a 1-0 win over the Netherlands. Andres Iniesta netted the only goal scored in the match to hand Spain a victory.
The goal was scored in the 116th minute of the game.
Mata said the whole team was checking the time and when the referee blew at the end of the game, there was an ‘explosion of happiness’.
“That final when Andres Iniesta scored the goal we were all checking the time, checking the referee, checking whether he was offside or not and then when the referee blew at the end of the game it was an explosion of happiness and energy and we had made history then, because Spain didn’t win a World Cup before that time, so I think that is what every player dreams about, winning a World Cup for the first time with your country, and so that was the highest probably. Of course the Champions League, the Europa League [too] and I have been lucky enough, but the World Cup stands out,” he said.