Australian footballer Josh Cavallo announced this Wednesday its homosexuality on an emotional video posted on social networks, which has been applauded and supported by colleagues and former elite athletes.
“It’s been a journey to get to this point in my life, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come out.. I have been struggling with my sexuality for more than six years and I am happy to be able to park it, “said the Adelaide United midfielder, 21, in a video shared on his club’s account.
The young man, who defined himself as a “very reserved” person, He told how he always felt the need to hide because he was ashamed of his homosexuality.
“Ashamed that he would never be able to do what he loved and be gay. Hiding who he really was, for chasing a dream I always wanted as a child. Play soccer and be treated the same as everyone else it never seemed like a reality, “said Cavallo.
The young man recounted how being a gay footballer in the closet made him learn to hide their feelings “to fit the mold of the professional footballer” and described how “growing up gay and playing soccer were two worlds whose paths had never crossed.” “I’ve lived with the assumption that this was a topic I could never talk about,” he said.
In this sense, he stated that he wanted change the silence with which other players live their sexuality, by becoming the first active senior footballer to publicly declare that he is gay.
Former Australian footballer Craig Foster, a prominent human rights activist, applauded Cavallo’s message on social media. “No one should have to hide who they are, the ball does not care about color, race, religion, gender or sexuality “, remarked Foster, international with his country on 29 occasions.
Adelaide United teammates also publicly showed their support for the Australian player, among them the Spanish Javi Lopez, who played more than 250 games with Espanyol de Barcelona. “Congratulations on your bravery and proud of you,” said the Spanish footballer.
The closest case is that of the Australian too Andy Brennan, who in 2019 came out as gay when he played in the Australian second division, although he had previously played in the country’s top flight for Newcastle Jets.
Thomas HitzlspergerThe former German player for Aston Villa, Stuttgart, Lazio, West Ham, Wolfsburg and Everton is the most prominent footballer to have acknowledged his homosexuality, but did so a year after his retirement in 2013.
The American Robbie Rogers, who went on to play for Leeds in the English Premier League, also revealed that he was gay after hanging up his boots that same year.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.