Mapi León posted this and it is too heartbreakingly beautiful to not translate it and make sure everyone reads it:
A girl who wants to play football has to make exactly the same sacrifices as a boy: do one's homework and go to train afterwards, sacrifice weekends, parties, holidays, go and live in another city to keep training and sacrificing oneself to attempt to reach one's dream. The lives of a boy and of a girl, who want to make a living of sport, possibly pass by in a pretty similair way until everything starts to become more serious and professional. Having reached that point I think the only thing that they share is the same desire to play with a ball.
The boy starts to live from it, starts to have recognition from the press, from brands, people start recognising him. At this stage the girl keeps playing football, but she in turn needs to think about the future, start to study a degree, juggle studying with training, dedicate her free time to the passion that for her will almost definitely not be her only lifestyle.
Tomorrow, twenty three of these women will come onto the pitch in a greatly significant match against a country who is years ahead of us in terms of the promotion of women's sports. Although I believe that tomorrow not only these twenty three girls will be playing the match. Tomorrow, all the girls of La Liga Iberdrola will also be playing, the ones from Second Division, the girl who this year will start playing in the junior team of her neighbourhood club and all those who started kicking about a ball decades ago amidst laughs and reproaches.
I don't know whether tomorrow we will pass to the next round or not, but I am sure that in this match, that will keep being played, women will come out winning.
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