He may have won the world cup, champions league and the premier league but now Juan Mata has won the honour of being nicknamed “the Yoda of football”, comparing his ability and knowledge to that of the Star Wars character known for his legendary wisdom and fighting skills.

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Manchester United captain Rooney is the man to have likened the Spanish playmaker to the little green Jedi knight. He drew the comparison because Mata is very gifted, is small, and is very intelligent on and off the pitch – he’s even gone so far as to call him a genius.

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