Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo has come out and at the moment he is the only top-level professional in the world to have said it out loud.
The 21-year-old footballer wrote on social media that he was ready to talk about something personal. “I am a football player and I am gay. The only thing I want to do is to play football and to be equal.” – said the midfielder.
“I have been fighting with my sexuality for six years now, and I’m glad I can put that to rest. I am tired of trying to perform at my best and to live this double life, it’s exhausting.”- says Josh Cavallo.
According to Josh, this has affected his mental state as well, he was “going into dark places”. “At the end of the day I just wanted to be happy. This is bigger than football, it’s my life. I’d go home and I wasn’t happy. It just slowly eats away at you and it’s not something I wish upon anyone.”
A famous football player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has responded to the coming out of Cavallo: “You are a Champion. Football is for everybody. Big respect.”