The Australian football player Josh Cavallo announced this wednesday his homosexuality in an emotional video published on social networks, which has been applauded and supported by colleagues and former elite athletes.
“It has been a journey to get to this point in my life, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come out of the closet. I have been struggling with my sexuality for more than six years and I am happy to be able to park it, “said the midfielder of the Adelaide United, 21, in a video shared on your club account.
– Josh Cavallo (@JoshuaCavallo) October 27, 2021
The young man, who defined himself as a “very reserved” person, said 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, to pursue a dream I always wanted as a child. Playing soccer and being treated the same as everyone else never seemed a reality,” said Cavallo.
The young man related how to be a gay footballer in the closet it made him learn to hide his 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 affirmed that he wanted to change the silence with which other players live their sexuality, by becoming the first active high-level footballer to publicly declare that he is gay.
Former Australian footballer Craig Foster, a prominent human rights activist, he applauded Cavallo’s message on social networks.
“No one should have to hide who they are, the ball does not care about color, race, religion, gender or sexuality,” said Foster, a 29-time international with his country.
The companions of the Adelaide United also publicly showed their support the Australian player, including 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.
Congratulations on your bravery and proud of you @JoshuaCavallo 🙌
Congratulations on your bravery and proud of you 🙌 https://t.co/iwjAijF12k
– Javi López (@ JaviLopez16) October 27, 2021
In the Spanish League, Gerard Piqué It was one of the first to show its support and solidarity. Thus, the Catalan footballer has written in English on his Twitter account: “I do not have the pleasure of meeting you personally but I want to thank you for this step you are taking. The world of football is very behind and you are helping us move forward.”
Hey @JoshuaCavalloI do not have the pleasure of meeting you personally, but I want to thank you for this step that you take. The world of football is far behind and you are helping us move forward. https://t.co/pe8xdJl15i
– Gerard Piqué (@ 3gerardpique) October 27, 2021
The closest case is that of the Australian Andy Brennan, who in 2019 He came out as gay when he played in the Australian second divisionAlthough he had previously played in the country’s top flight for the Newcastle Jets.
Thomas Hitzlsperger, a former German player for Aston Villa, Stuttgart, Lazio, West Ham, Wolfsburg and Everton is the most prominent footballer to have acknowledged his homosexuality, but he did so a year after his retirement in 2013.
American Robbie Rogers, who came to play for Leeds in the English Premier League, also revealed that he was gay after hanging up the 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.