It is very important also to highlight the amount of females that we have in the movement, which is almost 50 per cent. That speaks very well about women. About their courage and about their compromise with causes like this. And it speaks about the equality in the movement.
Probably, women are braver than us men in some aspects. I think that because they are in an unfair situation in football, probably they feel more like fighting for what’s right; for causes like this that try to promote equality and globality, and help the people that are not in a privileged position.
I think that’s why we have so many female members. They don’t have massive salaries, but they still do it. That shows that they are really involved in our movement, and I’m really happy with them being with us.
But we have people from everywhere – from different leagues, from different levels, and we have even people that don’t play football. They just support football.
They can join the movement through the website, and that’s what we want: not only football players to join, but everyone that loves the game, wherever they live.
I love travelling, and trips are great for many reasons. One of them is to know different cultures. Thanks to football, I’ve travelled around the world. But we don’t have too much time to see things.
We go from the airport to the hotel, from the hotel to the stadium, and back to the airport. So we don’t really see where we are.
I can visit some of the organisations that are in different countries – countries that I wouldn’t go to play football – and they obviously give me a lot in a personal experience. My first trip to one of the organisations we work with was in India, to visit the OSCAR Foundation, who work to help the kids in the slums of Mumbai.
Then last summer we went to Colombia. I supported an organisation called Tiempo de Juego on the outskirts of Bogota.
Both of the visits, in Mumbai and in Bogota, were very positive in terms of seeing what the organisations are doing, but they were tough for some moments, you know?
Because I could realise the conditions or the circumstances that some kids have to live in, even nowadays, in some parts of the world.