Juan Mata has paid tribute to former Spanish boss Luis Aragones.
Manchester United signing Juan Mata has joined the chorus of tributes to Luis Aragones, who has died at the age of 75.
Aragones led Spain to winning Euro 2008, laying the foundations for Vincent del Bosque to continue the national team's dominance at World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
Aragones also managed Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and also played football nationally for La Roja.
Football's leading figures have been paying their respects to Aragones, including Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid.
Juan Mata has been perhaps the leading Premier League figure to do so, posting the following message on his Twitter account.
He gave birth to the best Spanish football in history. Very sad news. He will always be remembered. #DepLuisAragonés— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) February 1, 2014
Mata, 25, was yet established enough to be involved in the 2008 squad - which boasted Xabi Alonso, of Liverpool at the time, and his Anfield teammate then, and now of Chelsea, Fernando Torres.
Without Aragones helping Spain break through the mental barrier of winning their first major tournament since Euro '64, their future successes would have been more difficult - their win was the game-changer.
For that his place in history will never be forgotten, and achievements always remembered.
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